Leeds supporters were heartbroken when Ben White returned to Brighton & Hove Albion in the summer despite the efforts of the club to keep him permanently – but has his recent Instagram activity suggested he could come back to us in the future?
It goes without saying the impact White had last season. He played every single match during the 2019-20 season, as Leeds returned to the Premier League as champions. In that time, Leeds kept a staggering 23 clean sheets.
Sky Sports claimed Leeds made three bids to keep White in the summer, the final offer totalling £25million. But White has since signed a Brighton contract – and has started all four of Brighton’s Premier League games this term.
That is the end of that, then. Or is it? White is clearly still a friend of many Leeds players, and even went on holiday with Kalvin Phillips, Tyler Roberts and Ian Poveda in the summer. Now, his Instagram activity shows he still loves Leeds.
Olly Casey posted on Instagram after Leeds’ Under-21 side drew with Barrow in the EFL Cup. But it was White’s response that caught attention from Leeds fans, responding to Casey’s post with “miss you”.
On the pitch, White has been ushered out to the right side of a back three by Graham Potter. It does not suit the former Peterborough loanee, who has struggled in his first steps into Premier League action.
Robin Koch has plugged the gap since White’s exit and the Germany international deserves enormous credit – especially for his performances against Sheffield United and then Manchester City. It has eased the loss of White among Leeds fans.
Marcelo Bielsa has also brought in Spain international Diego Llorente. But does White’s comment – combined with his struggling form at Brighton – suggest that a future bid from Leeds for the defender may be reluctantly accepted?
White clearly would welcome a move back to Elland Road, given his affiliation with multiple Leeds players. His struggling form at Brighton may have the Seagulls hierarchy questioning their decision to reject £25million from Leeds.
If the Whites made an offer – the combination of White’s poor start and his potential desire to rejoin Leeds could force Brighton to accept a sale. Would Leeds go back in for White? Only time will tell.