Leeds United have high hopes for the upcoming season.
Promotion from the Championship saw the Whites end their 16-year exile from the Premier League in emphatic style.
While we can’t predict how they will fare in the Premier League, we do know that they won’t give up their position lightly.
If survival is to be achieved then Marcelo Bielsa will be hoping to strengthen his squad.
Plenty of names will be linked over the coming weeks and months, but one day is stealing all of the headlines.
That name, of course, belongs to Ben White.
The Brighton defender played every Championship clash last term as Leeds cruised to glory, leading to speculation that Bielsa wants him back this summer.
But such were the level of his performances, the young defender is now attracting interest from the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea.
Few can predict where White will end up this summer, but according to former Leeds goalkeeper Paul Robinson, the 22-year-old could find a move to Jurgen Klopp’s side hard to turn down.
Speaking to Football Insider, Robinson said: “I think he would start straight away alongside Van Dijk. They would be a formidable partnership.
“You see the way that Van Dijk has played with De Ligt for the Dutch national team. He always develops the players around him.
“White would be a shoo-in with Van Dijk to start. He would start the season and you would not get him out. He did not missed a game for Leeds last year.
“He has got a great affinity with Leeds, the club and the fans, but the offer of Champions League football and playing for the Premier League champions may just be too much of a lure.
“You hope that he has a bigger affinity with Leeds but if he went to a club like Liverpool he would get in and you would not get him out again.”
GIVEMESPORT’S Phil Spencer says…
Leeds United’s hopes of signing Ben White next term seem to be getting thinner by the day.
While the defender clearly loved his time at Elland Road, the impact of added interest could make a move very difficult to complete.
Brighton don’t want to sell such a talented young prospect, and few can blame them.
But if White is keen to move on, then it would be hard for the Whites to compete with some of the names said to be in the mix.
If Liverpool or Chelsea come knocking then it would be incredibly hard for the 22-year-old to pass up the opportunity.
Whether he would be a first team regular is up for debate, and perhaps that’s an area where Leeds can prosper.
But it could be very tricky for Leeds to come out on top.
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