Lee Dixon makes difficult Ben White transfer claim amid Liverpool, Man United PSG and Arsenal interest

Lewis Dunk was outstanding for Brighton yesterday as they all but secured their Premier League status with a well-deserved 2-0 victory against Leeds...but it's the future of his defensive colleague Ben White that could be cause for concern, according to pundit Lee Dixon and former Leeds goalkeeper Paul Robinson

Sunday, 2nd May 2021, 11:52 am

White was straight back into the team following his one match suspension at Sheffield United and produced another classy display on the right side of the defensive trio alongside Dunk and Adam Webster.

White, 23, has enjoyed an excellent first campaign in the Premier League having spent last season on loan in the Championship with Leeds.

The Brighton academy graduate has benefited hugely from playing alongside Dunk but has also shown he has the defensive qualities, pace and composure to play at a higher level.

Ben White produced another classy display against Leeds United at the Amex Stadium yesterday

There has been much talk of a potential England call-up - something that bizarrely continues to elude Dunk - and his former Leeds teammate Patrick Bamford said earlier this week that he felt White would have been called-up by now had he remained at Leeds.

That statement from Bamford is very much open to debate but White's performances continue to catch the eye and Paul Robinson and Lee Dixon believe Brighton could struggle to keep him this summer.

"Ben White is a player I watched very closely at Leeds last year," said former Leeds goalkeeper Robinson.

"He was outstanding and Leeds did everything they possibly could to keep him. He was outstanding at centre half and when Kalvin Phillips was out, he was able to fit into that role and play in front of the back four.

"I'm very surprised other clubs have not come in for him but I expect they will do. Regardless of what happens to Brighton this season, I think he will be moving on."

Brighton refused bids of more than £20m for White before the start of this season but Dixon feels Brighton's resolve could be tested once more and expects the big clubs to make their move.

"He's very versatile," said the the former Arsenal and England full back. "He reads the game well and gets forward too.

"He can pick a long pass, he has great vision and is comfortable going into that right back position. A right centre half playing in a three has to be comfortable going out to a winger and he is.

"He has very good feet and he's quick. I think he has a massive future. No disrespect to Brighton and I didn't think he'd be a Leeds for very long either.

"I thought he would have gone to Liverpool or something like that. He has come back to Brighton, he's had an exceptional season and long term a lot of the big teams will be after him."