Potter: White’s loan perfect for all parties

Graham Potter is delighted with how well Ben White has fared with Leeds United so far this season, and says the season-long loan for the defender in the Championship is working well for both Albion and the Whites.

By Alex Stedman • 15 November 2019

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Graham Potter.

The 22-year-old has caught the eye this term with a string of impressive performances, and the head coach spoke about how well the centre half has grasped the opportunity of first-team football in England’s fiercely competitive second tier.

He said, “The feedback about Ben has been really good, and we’re happy with how he’s done so far.

“It’s really good for him and Leeds United too, because it shows that the loan has worked well for everybody. He was a player that was really after first-team football and he’s got that opportunity there.

“Of course he's still our player, but we’re happy that he’s having a good experience and getting better all the time, so we’re delighted.”

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Ben White in action for Leeds United, where he impressed last season.

The defender recently made the EFL Team of the Week as he continues to earn plaudits aplenty for his performances so far this season.

Speaking ahead of the last weekend’s win over Blackburn Rovers, he was keen to highlight the importance of remaining grounded and working hard amidst the continued praise and admiration.

He said, “There is attention and praise and it’s really nice to see and hear it, but I know that I just have to keep focusing on making sure I’m the best I can be every time I step out onto the field.

“People keep saying how well I’m doing, but I know I have to keep my head down and continue working hard for the team to make sure we get the results we need to achieve our aim at the end of the season.” 

Teammate Adam Forshaw also praised White’s performances in recent weeks, saying, “He is unbelievable. He is a John Stones type, he hasn’t shown any sign of making a mistake yet and he hasn’t put a foot wrong.  

“He is so cool on the ball and clever, he might not be the most physical centre-back, but he’s just clever. He looks like a top player and we’re lucky to have him.”