Leeds defender White is courageous, but could be better in the air

Leeds defender Ben White is courageous and sniffs out danger well, but there are question marks over his ability to beat big strikers in the air

  • It’s no surprise that Ben White has been an instant hit at Leeds United
  • The on-loan Brighton defender is a supremely talented young player
  • White is courageous, mature and has a real instinct for sensing danger
  • But there are question marks over his ability to dominate a big forward 

Scanning the football leagues to unearth the talent you may not have heard about, this week Sportsmail’s Secret Scout places Leeds United loanee Ben White under the microscope.


This young centre back did not surprise me when he made his Leeds debut so impressively recently.

I saw him at Brighton’s plush academy in a game three seasons ago and was impressed. Here he was excellent and, sitting on the right side of his centre back colleague in an orthodox back four, he showed impressive maturity.

Ben White has already made huge impressions during his brief time on loan at Leeds United


AGE: 21 



VALUE: £2.5m


APPS: 15 


An early interception where he changed pace over 10 yards, moved forward and played an intelligent angled pass to set Leeds on the attack.

His task was to mark the opposition’s main striker, a physical player, while his colleague was the spare man covering for a mistake.

I liked the way that he sensed danger when a low cross skipped across the six-yard box and was grasped by his goalkeeper. He stayed alongside him in case he spilled the ball. His courage was also not in question.

He put his body in the way of a fierce shot and twice went into challenges close to goal with no fear.


I would like to see if he can dominate a big striker in the air and, although never troubled for pace in this game, he will be tested more as the season progresses.

White seems calm and has a poise which suggests he has an inner confidence. Replacing Leeds legend Pontus Jansson is a big task but he looks well up for it. Strangely Brighton have just recruited two central defenders, Adam Webster from Bristol City and Matt Clarke from Portsmouth.

But in doing so they have given this player the chance to make his mark elsewhere. Consistency will be the key.

He has served a loan apprenticeship at Newport and Peterborough so he can now show it was a useful pathway.

There are question marks whether White can dominate a big striker in the air or not

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