Even the most die-hard Leeds United fan, even the Leeds United fan with skin as thick a rhino hide will be quick to admit that it is over with Ben White. As the saying at Leeds United says: ‘we go again’.
It was good of Brighton to loan us White for the season; a great deal of our success rested on his young, relatively-inexperienced shoulders. He was just what Marcelo Bielsa looks for in a centre-back; strong defensively and comfortable bringing the ball out from the back. In that sense, Leeds United were lucky to have him.
Leeds United wanted to keep him; Brighton didn’t want to sell him. This tug-o-war went back and forth. Leeds United made three bids starting off at £18m and progressing to £25m. Brighton stone-walled them at every turn – rejective all three bids and stating they would never sell to the Whites.
Meanwhile, White himself rejected three contract offers at the Seagulls. In the initial stages, this gave the Whites some hope that they might get their man. It wasn’t to be and now the Leeds Live website reports that Brighton look to be edging closer to a deal with White.
They are said to have a five-year deal on the table at the Amex for him at £35,000-a-week rising after each season is completed. Leeds United have moved on to German international Robin Koch and a deal is said close there.
At the end of the day, this whole saga proves two things: one, Leeds United shaped Ben White’s affection with love and two, Brighton have bought it with money.