It was bound to happen. All those Leeds United Twitter accounts, fresh from straining their eyes on the approach of Robin Koch switched their attention to Brighton’s friendly against Frank ‘We Play Football As Well’ Lampard’s Chelsea outfit.

These accounts were scouring social media for the same reasons that I watch Olympic figure skating. It’s got nothing to do with the flowing lines or the artistry; I simply take great joy in watching them fall over. That’s the sum of it; I want to see them fail. That is why many Leeds United fans were taking an interest in Brighton vs Chelsea from the Amex Stadium.

They were waiting for failure; someone to mock. It didn’t take long – just four minutes.

Ball in from the right, Callum Hudson-Odoi knock-down and it was new boy Timo Werner steaming in to open his Chelsea account. 1-0 to Frank’s lads. Suddenly, many Leeds United fans had their patsy, their fall-guy – it was Ben White.

It was almost as if some wanted him to fail. You know, like out of some form of spitefulness for Brighton having the backbone to stand up and say that they wouldn’t sell him to Leeds as they considered them a ‘direct rival’. Ben White was pilloried by some.

It’s true, he was a little out of place for the opening goal from Werner. He ran towards Odoi, then back towards Werner and then looked around expecting to find Liam Cooper. It was a weak goal, but it was no more his fault than the rest of the absent Seagulls defence who were so far away they could have been robbing chips from holidaymakers.

So, Leeds United didn’t get Ben White. What we did get was Robin Koch for what many are saying is a shade under £13m. In essence, Brighton and Hove Albion have saved the Whites £12m. That’s what Leeds United fans should be thanking them for; that and the fact that they have a German international inbound.

Alles ist gut.

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