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Speaking on episode 69 of the Inside Elland Road Podcast, Ben Parker has delivered his verdict on the future of Ben White, suggesting he could stay at Elland Road for over ten years.

What’s he said?

White walked through the doors of Thorp Arch under considerable pressure last summer as he was tasked with replacing Pontus Jansson.

The Swede was incredibly influential in his time with Leeds and was named in the PFA Team of the Year alongside club captain Liam Cooper last term.

His absence has been felt hard in terms of defending set-pieces with three of the seven goals they’ve conceded in the Championship coming from dead-ball scenarios.

But White has been exceptional since arriving, being awarded the PFA Fans’ Player of the Month for August.

Despite only being on loan, ex-defender Parker reckons he has what it takes to be at Leeds for a considerable period of time. He told the Inside Elland Road Podcast:

“I think he’s first-class.

“You could see him being at this club for ten plus years with the way he’s going.”

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White on the rise

The 21-year-old’s rise has been rather meteoric in recent years and he’s taken to each division he’s played in like a duck to water.

A loan spell at Newport County saw him play 42 times in League Two, managing to play a significant role when he was still so young.

Last term saw a temporary period in League One with Peterborough from January onwards, a spell where he missed just five league fixtures from a possible 22.

White has since made the leap to Championship football with relative ease too, failing to be absent from a single league outing to date. Via WhoScored, he’s won 2.4 tackles per game and also an exceptional 3.3 interceptions.

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That shows how comfortable he’s been at this level but considering his rise over all three divisions, it wouldn’t be a great surprise if he was able to perform at Premier League level too.

Whether that’s at Brighton or Leeds remains to be seen. After all, his performances in west Yorkshire must surely be impressing his parent club so that will be the biggest sticking point in keeping him.

If Leeds go up it might be more possible for them to hold onto the defender. That would obviously be a major boost in keeping him for the ten years Parker states, but that seems unlikely for the time being.


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