Ashworth’s delighted with White

Technical director full of praise for young defender’s progress on loan at Leeds.

By Alex Stedman • 09 May 2020

By Paul Hazlewood
Technical director Dan Ashworth.

Dan Ashworth has spoken of the club’s satisfaction of the progress of on loan defender Ben White.

The centre half has spent the 2019/20 season with Marcelo Biesla’s promotion hunting Leeds United, and has been near enough an ever-present as the Yorkshire side have enjoyed an impressive campaign. 

“We’ve been delighted with his progress and Leeds have done a fantastic job with him,” said Ashworth. 

“He’s done really well, and Leeds have done great in helping him develop – he’s played a lot of matches. We’re not surprised at how well he’s done, and we rate him highly. 

“He signed a new deal last summer before he went out [on loan] so when he comes back, we’ll see where we are, but he is part of our plans and a talent we’ll be looking to keep for a number of years at the club.”

By Paul Hazlewood
Ben White signed a one-year contract extension with the Albion until 2022, before joining Marcelo Bielsa's side on loan for the season.

Ashworth then also looked ahead to the potential impacts the Covid-19 crisis will have on the transfer market in general.

“I would suspect there will be a correction in the market,” he added. “I’m pretty sure every club will have been affected by this crisis in some sort of way – whether that’s revenue from supporters on a matchday, television income or something else. 

“There’s been a downturn in the industry, and everyone is feeling the pain, especially the owners. I would imagine by default that means people have less money to spend on [transfer] fees for players and everything associated with that.”


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