Brighton centre-back Ben White’s stock has risen astronomically since the start of the 2019/20 season, mostly down to his Leeds United loan spell.
Leeds secured the Championship title last season by boasting the best defence in the league with the most clean sheets and the least goals conceded.
That incredible defensive record was helped to achieve by the efforts of relatively unknown Brighton centre-back Ben White, who arrived on a season-long loan to replace Pontus Jansson.
After loans at Newport County and Peterborough, a jump to title-chasing Leeds seemed a big step, but Leeds’ faith in him was repaid with exceptional performances.
So much so that Brighton slapped a £40million price tag on him to scare off the Whites from a permanent move for him.
Since then, he’s become a core part of Graham Potter’s project at the AMEX, starting every game so far in the Premier League.
His class is showing in the top flight and it won’t come as any surprise to Leeds or Brighton fans who saw him last season, and his stock has risen to the point where injury-hit Liverpool are reportedly keeping tabs on him.
However, with the reigning champions sniffing around, the Seagulls have set a whopping price tag of £50million for his services.
Brighton aren’t under any pressure to sell White to another club and their valuation shows. Leeds fans weren’t too keen on their lofty estimation of White, though…
You can’t blame Brighton for sticking such a huge fee on White after how he’s continued in the Premier League.
£50million is a ridiculous fee if we’re being honest, but Brighton are doing exactly what Leicester did with Harry Maguire. They’re seeing the desperation of a team needing a centre-back, and hiking the price up accordingly.
The transfer market has become a negotiation of how much a team is willing to pay for a player rather than purchasing based on what that player is actually worth, making it a seller’s market.
I’m just glad we’ve not overspent on White, and moved onto a sensible signing in Robin Koch, who looks every bit as good as White was, if not even better.