By Craig Scott

20th Dec, 2019 | 11:30am

Phil Hay suggests value of Leeds player has skyrocketed over 400% since summer

Ben White’s value has skyrocketed to over £20million since joining Leeds United on loan in the summer, according to The Athletic journalist Phil Hay.

White, 22, has been in fine form on loan at Elland Road from Premier League side Brighton.

He’s helped Leeds concede just 13 goals in the Championship this season – a league-best – and that has led to speculation surrounding his future at both Leeds and Brighton.

Football Insider has reported that Liverpool and Manchester United are monitoring White closely as he impresses in the Championship but former Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Hay has suggested that Leeds could also eye a permanent deal if they go up.

However those clubs interested in White could have missed out on what would have been a bargain with his value reportedly rising by over 400 per cent since his loan switch to Leeds in the summer.

“Yeah, and I think they’ll have the money to do it,” he said on The Phil Hay Show via Spotify when asked if White is someone Leeds could sign if they’re promoted.

“How much he’d have been worth last summer, I’ve no idea, but you’re probably talking £5-6milion. Brighton will expect £20million-plus for him now on the basis of how much they paid for Adam Webster, but just by the general value of top players by Championship standard.

“Leeds go up, they’d certainly be able to get involved in the conversation.

“If he has a good season and they do get promoted, you’d imagine he’d be pretty keen, but I’m struggling to see why on earth Brighton would want to let him go.”

Hay makes a very good point – why would Brighton sell him?

White has shown in just a matter of months that he can be a top defender with most of his performances this term proving that he is too good for the Championship.

Yes, in the last couple of weeks some of his passing has been a bit sloppier and there were a couple of errors that led to goals against Cardiff on Saturday – but that is natural for a young, up-and-coming player.

There are going to be spells of form like that and even though White isn’t at his best right now, he is still performing better than some centre-backs are in the Premier League, let alone the Championship.

Whoever White ends up playing for next season is going to be lucky because he is a great young player who is only going to get better.

We just hope that Marcelo Bielsa is able to continue getting the best out of him in the top-flight.

In other Leeds United news, Noel Whelan was baffled by Bielsa’s decisions against Cardiff last week.