It might be time for Leeds United to worry about Ben White’s loan deal after it was reported that Premier League clubs want the option to recall loaned-out players.
White, 22, joined the Yorkshire giants on a season-long loan deal in the summer and has since played every minute of every Championship match for manager Marcelo Bielsa.
However with the season looking likely to extend past June 30, Leeds and Brighton will need to reach an agreement over what happens with the defender’s loan deal.
According to The Athletic journalist David Ornstein, Premier League and EFL clubs are on a collision course as top-flight sides want the power to recall loanees while those in lower divisions believe it should be extended if they and the player want to.
Ornstein uses Leeds, Brighton and White as an example.
He writes: “The top-flight’s stance would give its members greater power of recall, while the EFL’s position would strengthen its hand in attempts to keep hold of key players. For example, Brighton may wish for Ben White’s loan spell at Leeds to end as scheduled on June 30, whereas Leeds will see the defender as vital to their hopes of promotion if the campaign is finished on the pitch.”
We are yet to hear any kind of clarity in regards to White’s loan at Elland Road, which means that this latest update suggests the deal might be in danger.
Away from Elland Road, West Brom have reportedly received assurances from West Ham and Sheffield United that they can keep loan stars Grady Diangana and Callum Robinson until the season is completed [Joseph Masi].
Hopefully, Brighton take the same stance as what the Hammers and the Blades are but Diangana’s injury issues and the fact Robinson is barely in Chris Wilder’s first-team plans mean it might be easier for them to come to that conclusion.
Graham Potter might see White as someone who can help Brighton avoid relegation from the Premier League, even if he does have a good number of centre-backs already at his disposal at the AMEX.
If Premier League clubs get their way over loan deals, we might have to wave goodbye to White once June 30 comes around.
In other Leeds United news, this Sky Sports pundit has no doubt who White will be playing for next season.