By Craig Scott

29th Mar, 2020 | 10:00am

Sky Sports pundit says transfer decision on 'special' Leeds player 'speaks volume'

Danny Higginbotham has tipped Leeds United loan star Ben White to represent England at the European Championships next year.

Before Euro 2020 was pushed back a year due to the coronavirus outbreak in Europe, White was unlikely to have stood a chance of winning a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s squad.

However the on-loan Brighton defender is now set to have more time to work his way into the Three Lions set-up, potentially in the Premier League.

Leeds signed White on a season-long loan from Brighton in the summer but the south coast club decided to avoid adding a permanent option in the deal.

Sky Sports pundit Higginbotham has hailed that decision by Brighton because he sees major potential in the Elland Road loan star.

“As a 21-year-old, I was happy making last-ditch tackles until I was told, ‘If you’re doing that then, initially, you were out of position’,” the ex-Stoke player wrote on the Sun website.

“One of the biggest compliments I can give White is that I don’t know how quick he is because he is rarely out of position and forced to step up a gear. That is the case with all top centre-backs and he is well on his way to being that.

“His range of passing with both feet and his ability to step out of the line is also special.

“At times he has even stepped into a defensive midfield role and done well. The fact Brighton would not let Leeds get White on a permanent deal speaks volumes for his Prem potential.”

White has been fantastic for Leeds this season.

It was always going to be a difficult task to replace Pontus Jansson when he joined Brentford in the summer but White has, if anything, done a far better job at Elland Road than the Swede ever did.

White has played every minute of every Championship match this season.

He’s played at centre-back for most of it and played in the defensive midfield role when needed.

He’s stayed fit, avoided any suspensions and only been booked five times to remain available for Leeds throughout the season when Jansson had constant issues with discipline and injuries.

White is definitely good enough for the Premier League and time will tell if he’s good enough for England too.

In other Leeds United news, the EFL have agreed a plan with the government.