Ex England Striker Believes This Leeds United Ace Will Play In Premier League Soon: How Can Bielsa Keep Him?

Leeds United are once again stumbling during the crunch phase of the season. The fans could be in for another nerve-wracking campaign. The Whites have seemingly struggled to convert their chances, and when the opposition plays against them, it feels like they end up scoring with their first real opportunity. Nevertheless, Leeds have a pretty good defensive record. They have the second-best defence in the Championship, only behind Brentford.

Ben White has been the mainstay at the back for Leeds United who has played every minute of the Championship so far. Quite a few were sceptical of the English defender as he was replacing a player of Pontus Jansson’s calibre. However, the youngster has shown his talent, and he has caught the eye of many with his performances.

Kevin Phillips believes Ben White will be playing in the Premier League soon

Former England international Kevin Phillips recent said that Leeds United would have to move to the Premier League to keep him beyond this season. He also indicated that big clubs are monitoring his situation.

Speaking to Football Insider Phillips said, “If they don’t go up, he’ll (Ben White) be playing Premier League football next year, without a shadow of a doubt. If Leeds don’t go up, I would worry for them because he’s certainly playing Premier League football next season. We all know there’s big clubs sniffing around him and he’s a fantastic talent.”

How can Leeds United keep him?

We believe that United will undoubtedly try their luck to sign him permanently if they move up to the Premier League. However, White has already been linked with the likes of Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United. It could be a tough task for Leeds to keep him at Elland Road.

White has impressed with his reading of the game and ability to play out from the back. The Brighton man often looks unfazed under pressure, and he can make crucial tackles and interceptions. One shortcoming to White’s game is his aerial ability. He could be outmuscled or beaten in the air sometimes. That is why the Whites have a poor record when it comes to defending set-pieces.

Nevertheless, we agree with Phillips that White is Premier League pedigree player and he will soon get his chances in the English top flight. The upcoming summer transfer window could be a crucial one for the centre back, and it remains to be seen where his future would lie. As for Leeds United, their only chance of signing him permanently would depend on them getting promoted.

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