Leeds' alternative to Ben White revealed

Ben White scores for Leeds

You name it, Ben White can do it.

Whether it's scoring a sumptuous strike from outside the box or playing a 50-yard diagonal pass into the channels, the defender seemingly has it all.

That's without considering his ability to actually defend too.

Coincidentally, White is also very good at that.

He was Marcelo Bielsa's trusted man in 2019/20, becoming the Argentine's perfect ball-playing centre half.

In winning 2.8 aerial duels per match completing over 84% of his passes, he was absolutely outstanding.

It was remarkable to think that before this season, he'd never set foot in the Championship before. Unsurprisingly, however, is the fact Leeds want him back next term.

Ben White & Tyler Roberts celebrate promotion

White was only on loan from Brighton but with his return to the Seagulls, has come the lust for more. The Yorkshire club want him back and see the 22-year-old as their number one target.

However, with Graham Potter keen to keep hold of him, a deal is far from certain.

Fortunately the Whites have a plan B in place - that's according to journalist Phil Hay anyway.

He suggests that if Leeds miss out on signing the impressive centre-half, they'll target another young player in the English game.

Revealing in a mailbag Q&A for The Athletic, Hay stated the following: 

"One player who was mentioned to me this week was 18-year-old Taylor Harwood-Bellis at Manchester City, although I can’t say if Leeds would actually go for him. In our sensible transfers piece, we picked out two defenders at Swansea this season — Ben Wilmot and Ben Cabagno — as options whose attributes on paper draw reasonable comparisons to White’s. But when you speak to Leeds, they’re only talking about White. They’re going to try to make that happen." 

Taylor Harwood-Bellis in action for Manchester City

GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...

White would obviously be a spectacular signing but Leeds should have no hard feelings if they secure the services of Taylor Harwood-Bellis instead.

The 18-year-old has gone from strength to strength over the last couple of years in City's academy and even earned his Champions League debut this season.

On top of that, he's played in the FA Cup and EFL Cup, particularly impressing in both. 

The young defender notched against Port Vale in a 4-1 win for City, a match where he demonstrated his ability to play from the back.

Taylor Harwood-Bellis and John Stones

Harwood-Bellis completed 92% of his passes, played five accurate long balls and also made two interceptions.

With that in mind, he is certainly similar to White and would offer an ideal alternative for Leeds.

He is a modern centre-back, one that suits Marcelo Bielsa's passing style of play so he'd surely be a success at Elland Road.

This is certainly one to watch as the summer progresses.

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