When many Leeds United fans heard that the club was getting rid of Pontus Jansson, there was a mini-wave of apprehension rippling through their ranks. This apprehension intensified when it was announced his replacement was to be a relatively untried Premier League loanee called Ben White. Panic over, White’s loan has been an outstanding success leading many Whites fans to plead with the club to sign him. That might prove difficult with what the Daily Star is reporting.
Star reporter, Callum Vurley writes that Premier League winners-elect Liverpool are “expected to splash the cash once again” and are “looking at” Ben White as a viable option to partner Virgil van Dijk in the heart of the Reds defence. They credit this transfer direction to former Leeds United and Spurs stopper Paul Robinson who has ‘heard’ that the Anfield outfit are interested.
This news from Robinson supports what was mentioned on the Sky Sports EFL Podcast where Gary Weaver confirmed that the Merseyside giants had been scouting White at virtually every game the on-loan Brighton defender has featured in for Leeds this season.
22-year-old White has been an ever-present for Leeds this season, starting all 37 of the Whites games and featuring for every minute the club has played during this suspended campaign. He has impressed along the way and has even taken the move into a defensive midfield position in his confident stride.
Robinson is quoted by the Star as saying that “Liverpool will be monitoring him very closely. It’s going to be tough for Leeds to hold onto him. ” he then goes on to add that it would be obvious that Leeds United would want to keep hold of him, something that would be more of a possibility should parent club Brighton be relegated. However, the presence of Liverpool in the wings would surely put the kibosh on any such desires.