Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan has made the bold claim that Ben White is better than Pontus Jansson according to an interview with Football Insider.
Whelan has stated that he has been hugely impressed with the defender on loan from Brighton and Hove Albion and believes he has a big future ahead of him.
As we reported yesterday, White won the PFA Championship Player of the Month for August ahead of Borja Baston of Swansea and Whelan believes that White has already excelled himself more than previous centre back Pontus Jansson who left for Brentford this summer.
“Ben White is better than Pontus Jansson, he’s stunned me how good he is,” Whelan said. “He ticks every single box bar dominance in the air. “
“He does challenge and win headers, but he is not as influential in the air as Jansson. But Ben White is better at defending, more disciplined and more intelligent in his positioning.”
“He knows his job and doesn’t get caught out like Jansson. He stays close to Liam Cooper and those two are both really good on the ball and bringing it out of defence.”
White and Cooper have formed a solid partnership so far this season following the departure of Jansson to fellow Championship side Brentford and have only conceded three goals in six league games so far this season.
Following the loss of Kemar Roofe to Anderlecht and with some of their attacking prowess perhaps having been lost despite the acquisition of Eddie Nketiah it may be that the Yorkshire side will need to rely a little more on their defence and Ben White appears to be a solid figure at centre back.