'They've got to leave him at Leeds' – Barry Fry delivers verdict on Ben White future
Ben White has been a standout signing for Leeds United but that’s come as no surprise to Peterborough director of football Barry Fry.
White spent the second half of last season on loan at Peterborough in League One and Fry has claimed he tipped him as a future England star back then.
He also claimed that Leeds would get promoted if White stayed at Leeds until the end of the season.
Talking on BBC Radio Leeds on Wednesday, Fry said, “It’s been no surprise to me whatsoever how well he’s done at Leeds. I tipped him to play for England when he was with us.
“The way Brighton play I can’t see him getting in their side. To help his development, if they’re not going to sell him, they’ve got to leave him at Leeds.
“It’s a real fierce competition in the Championship and there’s no better place for him to get more experience… Magnificent support, everyone there wants to be a winner. They’re both made for each other. If he is there come May I’m sure the Leeds fans will be celebrating promotion to the Premier League and that’s where they belong.”
There’s been no hint that Brighton would look to recall White early and the 22-year-old has played every minute in the Championship this season.
The only possible problem for Leeds is if a big offer comes in from a major club in January – and he’s reportedly on Liverpool’s radar already.
Losing him in January would obviously be a big blow. White has barely put a foot wrong in the heart of the Leeds defence this season and brings a real calm to the side.
White has also made the most interceptions in the Championship this season – 46, with Bristol City’s Tommy Rowe next on 44. [WhoScored]
He’s a big part of why Leeds are the only side in the EFL to have single figures in their goals conceded column and fans will want to keep hold of him past the summer if at all possible.