Loan round-up: White plays his part as Leeds are crowned champions

Defender looking to sign off with a win as Championship reaches its climax tonight.

By Charlie Hanson • 22 July 2020

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Ben White in action for Leeds United

The Championship season ends on Wednesday night with all of Albion’s loan players knowing their team’s fate ahead of the final round of fixtures.

Ben White has enjoyed the first promotion of his career and he played a huge part as Leeds United took the title.

Their 16-year exile from the top tier ended last week, when West Brom lost to Huddersfield, but the celebrations did not impact on their performance when they defeated Derby County 3-1 at Pride Park on Sunday.

White has operated in a defensive midfield role in recent games and has made 48 appearances this season. Albion head coach Graham Potter confirmed at the weekend that he was looking forward to working with the 22-year-old when pre-season training starts in August.

Centre-half Matt Clarke was on the wrong end of that score-line and also scored an own goal but the 23-year-old, who joined Derby on loan last summer after signing for Albion, has made 36 appearances for the Rams this season and gained good experience.

White will be available for his last Leeds match on Wednesday when they face relegation battling Charlton Athletic at Elland Road. Clarke’s Rams also face another relegation-threatened side in Birmingham City at St Andrew’s.

Derby, along with Jayson Molumby’s Millwall and Christian Walton’s Blackburn Rovers, all saw their play-off hopes ended last Saturday with the Lions beaten 4-3 at QPR despite Molumby’s stoppage-time goal. They finish their season off at home to Huddersfield Town.

Blackburn – who had been on the fringes of the play-off race – won their penultimate match of the campaign, defeating Reading 4-3 in a thriller at Ewood Park. Walton plays his final game for Rovers on Wednesday against his former club Luton Town – another side who need three points in the battle to avoid relegation – at Kenilworth Road.

Jan Mlakar didn't come off the bench in Wigan's 2-2 draw at Charlton Athletic, with the Latics taking on Fulham. With a points deduction looming over their heads, a win at the DW Stadium would be enough to secure their Championship status with their superior goal difference to the sides below them.