Leeds United: Fans flock to Phil Hay tweet discussing Ben White

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Many Leeds United fans have flocked to a tweet that was recently posted by The Athletic’s Leeds reporter Phil Hay that includes a link to an article in which he discusses Leeds’ pursuit of Brighton and Hove Albion centre-back Ben White. 

The Whites have been linked with a move for the defender, who spent the 2019/20 season on loan at Elland Road, throughout the current transfer window ahead of Leeds United’s return to the Premier League next season

However, in his latest article for The Athletic, Hay explains that ‘Leeds are considering whether to move on and take their money elsewhere’ after Brighton have refused ‘to engage’ with them after the Yorkshire-based club offered as much as ‘an up-front figure’ of £22m, with additional incentives, for the centre-back. 

Hay mentions Robin Koch, who plays for Bundesliga club SC Freiburg, as a potential alternative to White for Leeds in this report. 

In his tweet, the journalist shared some of the contents of this article in bullet-point form and also posed the question to Leeds fans: ‘Do the club hold out for this one? Or will Brighton’s resistance force them to move on?’ 

This tweet caught the attention of plenty of Leeds fans who replied to Hay and shared their thoughts on this latest update concerning White.

This article states that after failing ‘to engage’ with Brighton after offering £22m ‘up-front’, Leeds ‘are willing to push their valuation closer to £30m,’ however, plenty of Leeds supporters replied to this post to share that they believe White is becoming too expensive and called for their club to move on from the 22-year-old Brighton man.

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Some Leeds supporters shared that they believe White needs to submit a transfer request. 

In this report, Hay also shares that Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa ‘wants only one centre-back, irrespective of the loss of Gaetano Berardi for most if not all of the season following an ACL injury’ and one Leeds fan replied to this post to share that they think it’s ‘crazy’ that they are said to ‘only want one’ centre-back. 

Is £30m a fair valuation of Ben White?





As per WhoScored, White was one of Leeds’ most impressive performers during their Championship-winning 2019/20 campaign, as he earned the fifth-highest overall rating (7.09) of any Whites player in the league last season.

However, considering that this article claims that Leeds may ‘push their valuation closer to £30m,’ which, if successful, would make White their new club-record signing despite the fact that he is yet to play a single minute of Premier League football, it may be understandable why some Whites fans believe that it’s time to move on and look at other targets.

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