Phil Hay details exciting update about Ben White future at Leeds amid Brighton PL woes
Ben White has been one of the stand-out players for Leeds United in the Championship this season but there has been a lot of bittersweetness about his time at Elland Road.
Many fans have accepted that it’s likely White, 22, will be gone in the summer when his loan spell in West Yorkshire comes to an end.
However the woes of the defender’s parent club Brighton could have a profound effect on whether or not he’ll stay at Leeds.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side have rediscovered their mojo in recent weeks and although they’re still second in the Championship standings, they’re five points clear of third as the dream of automatic promotion to the Premier League becomes more of a reality.
As for Brighton, their situation is getting worse.
Graham Potter’s side have not won in eight Premier League matches and, as it stands, are just one point clear of the Premier League’s relegation zone in 15th.
While nothing is a given just yet, a possible scenario would be Leeds winning promotion to the Premier League and taking the place of Brighton.
According to The Athletic journalist Phil Hay, that outcome would hand Leeds a major boost in their bid to sign White on a permanent basis from the south coast club.
“If Leeds go up and Brighton go down, it strengthens Leeds’ arm,” Hay said via a Q&A session on The Athletic website.
“Brighton would need to cut their cloth to an extent and the income from a deal like that would be very helpful.
“More to the point, the way this season is going will surely tempt White to look to stay here. Bielsa’s impact on him has been so obvious.”
White has been fantastic for Leeds this season.
He’s played every minute of every Championship match and no other side in the second-tier has conceded fewer goals than the defence he is a part of.
If United can sign White permanently from Brighton in the summer then that would be a brilliant piece of business but it does seem as though it would require Potter’s men being relegated.
In other Leeds United news, Don Goodman’s prediction about the Whites came true a lot sooner than he would have expected.