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Opinion: Leeds must get promoted to keep versatile 22-year-old

Leeds United defender Ben White has admitted he enjoyed playing in a midfield role in Saturday’s win against Reading.

There were several questions raised over the 22-year-old’s loan move from Brighton after Pontus Jansson’s departure but the rising star’s assured performances have laid all doubts to rest.

Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa pushed White up into midfield after Kalvin Phillips was forced off with a calf problem in the first half against Reading.

White’s performance highlighted his technical qualities which have gained him plaudits from fans and pundits alike.

‘It’s been very different but I’m learning every day,” the Daily Mail quote him as saying.

“I had never played in midfield before this season. It’s tougher, but I enjoy it and it’s something I’m trying to work on.’

Saturday’s win means Leeds have moved five points clear of Fulham in third place with 12 matches left to play.

The Elland Road faithful will be hoping that promotion could convince White to make his move to Elland Road permanent.

The Leeds defender however remained coy when asked about his future prospects.

On being asked about a permanent move to Leeds White simply said: “Who knows?”

However, he did show his passion for the club when asked about the prospective promotion, which is long overdue for Leeds.

‘It would mean the world,’ he said. ‘I don’t think there would be a better team to do it with.’

White is a Premier League player

Given his growing reputation after excellent performances for Leeds this term, it is almost certain that White will feature in the Premier League next season – but it remains to be seen what colours he will be wearing.

Brighton and Hove Albion boss Graham Potter has repeatedly reinforced the fact that he is still a Seagulls player, with the potential for more game time at the Amex Stadium next term.

However, promotion and Leeds’ willingness to match his valuation might just convince the 22 year old to stay at Elland Road.

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