Sky Sports pundit tips Leeds star to ‘make it at the very top’

Date published: Tuesday 17th December 2019 3:03

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Sky Sports pundit Jobi McAnuff expects Leeds defender Ben White to ‘make it at the very top’ after his incredible loan spell at Elland Road.

The 22-year-old has become a fan favourite at Leeds, quickly establishing himself in the first team after his loan move from Brighton and Hove Albion.

White has been pivotal in Leeds’ excellent start to the season, reportedly turning the head’s of some of the Premier League’s big-boys including Chelsea and Liverpool.

Untied have the best defensive record in the Championship, only conceding 13 goals in 22 outings.

McAnuff puts a lot of Leeds’ defensive success down to the formidable partnership of White and Liam Cooper.

Speaking on the Sky Sports EFL Podcast, McAnuff said: “I’m going for Ben White [as the best young player in the Championship].

“He’s another young, really exciting talent.

“He’s got all aspects to his game. He doesn’t mind a tackle, he reads it really well and has the composure to find that pass and really get Leeds on the go.”

Jobi went on to say White had the potential to play at the very top level but he must keep his feet on the ground.

“Well you look at John Stones, for example, for me that’s the next step for him; getting a move or going back to Brighton and possibly playing there, proving himself at the top level.

“He’s got all the ingredients to go and do it, that’s for sure.”



White has been part of a defence that has kept 12 clean sheets, four more than any other team in the Championship this year.

United fans were delighted to hear that Brighton manager Graham Potter was not thinking of re-calling the defender in the January window despite his fantastic league form.

Leeds come up against Fulham on Saturday as they look to bounce back from their second-half collapse against Cardiff at the weekend.



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