Brighton are unwilling to sell Ben White To Leeds United - The Whites must sign him at all costs.
HUDDERSFIELD, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07: Ben White of Leeds United reacts ahead of the Sky Bet Championship match between Huddersfield Town and Leeds United at John Smith's Stadium on December 07, 2019 in Huddersfield, England. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

According to The Sun, Brighton are unwilling to sell Ben White To Leeds United this summer. The Premier League club are reluctant on offloading their star player to direct rivals, especially one who could be near them in the Premier League table next season. In this article, however, we will discuss three reasons why Marcelo Bielsa must go all out for White this summer if he is to succeed in the English top flight.

A Tactical Fit

During his one-year loan spell at Leeds United, it has been made clear that White tunes in well with the club’s tactical scheme. Throughout the season, he has offered unrivalled defensive support to Liam Cooper at centre-back. His determination and ability to read the game have, in fact, added a new dimension to the club’s defensive game.

Moreover, the fact that White isn’t shy to move forward and press the ball-carrier adds further strength to Leeds’ second line of press. It has served them well, especially when dealing with teams that play on the counter.

The defender’s excellent passing, meanwhile, helps the Whites sustain possession and play out from the back, a quality that could be important in the Premier League, where the club needs to be much more efficient. White could be an ideal outlet, in that regard.

Brighton are unwilling to sell Ben White To Leeds United - A strong presence at the back.
LEEDS, ENGLAND – JULY 22: Naby Sarr of Charlton Athletic and Ben White of Leeds United compete for the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Charlton Athletic at Elland Road on July 22, 2020 in Leeds, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

An Ideal Player For The “Bielsa Way”

One of the most underappreciated qualities regarding White is his strong mentality. Indeed, the Brighton & Hove Albion man is blessed with the excellent determination and fighting spirit. Also, he is known for his defensive commitment and strong temperament, allowing to keep check of his markers.

Having such a strong mentality was a key reason behind the defender’s success under Bielsa, and it was evident in his performances this season as he has never tired and always tried to run his socks off for his team, even during final stages of the pitch. It is indeed a noble trait for any Premier League player.

That is where Leeds United could have used the services of White. His talents would combine well with his mentality giving Bielsa an ideal source of inspiration at the back.

A Versatile Option

Last but not least, White is known for his versatility. This season, for example, Bielsa has used him not only as a centre-back but also as a holding midfielder, at times. It was prevalent especially during the restart period where the Argentine mastermind deployed the 22-year-old as a number six, with Kalvin Phillips operating further upfront.

This could be a useful thing to have for Bielsa in the Premier League as well, and White will be able to provide that.

Jack O’Brien

A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.