'Victim of his own success' – Nigel Martyn makes Ben White claim ahead of Leeds v Brighton
Leeds United face former loan player Ben White when Brighton visit on Saturday, and Nigel Martyn explained what the defender will be thinking ahead of the match.
The 23-year-old was a big hit at Elland Road last season, arriving as a player few had heard of, but he left many supporters wishing he could sign permanently.
His form in the Championship sparked interest from the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool, but the south-coast club have held onto his services so far.
Leeds were also very interested, and according to Martyn that could make Saturday’s game a little more difficult for White.
He told Leeds United news, “It will be hard for him [White] because he made no secret that he wanted to join Leeds. But he was a victim of his own success.
“Brighton kept him, said you’re in the team and you’re still a Brighton player and we’re going to keep you.
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“He will want to do well. It is a game that Leeds have to win, they have to bounce back from the Crawley defeat.”
White is likely to start for the Seagulls in West Yorkshire – he has missed only one league game so far this campaign.
However, Graham Potter has been starting him in midfield rather than his usual centre-back spot and that could make things tougher for him, too. It’s certainly not his best position.
If he does start at centre-back it will be interesting to see if Patrick Bamford can get the better of him, since the pair know each other so well.
If he plays in midfield, as expected, the sad thing is that the world has been deprived of seeing one of the great bromances of last season – White and Kalvin Phillips – go against each other.
Phillips is suspended for the game after picking up his fifth yellow of the season and Pascal Struijk is likely to take his place.
It will be great to see White back at Elland Road, although painful to see him line up against us. And, while we want him to do well this season, we’re happy for him to fall flat on his face today.
In other Leeds United news, a reported Whites target has responded to the interest shown in him.