Ben White isn’t exactly up there with other defenders that have been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge. Nathan Ake is a former player linked with returning from Bournemouth. Then there’s the seemingly constant link with Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly. However, the Leeds star is starting to attract attention, according to reports.
The Sun, yes I know they’re not known for reliabity, but even so, a link is a link, are claiming Chelsea have been keeping an eye on the 22-year-old this season.
The report suggests his parent club, Brighton and Hove Albion, would expect a fee of around £25m to bring the defender to West-London.
Not an astronomical amount, but is he worth a gamble? Especially considering Ake is likely to cost £40m.
White has been in great form for Championship title contenders Leeds United this campaign. Playing 22-matches, the youngster has achieved one-assist. Prior to his move to Elland Road, the centre-back has spent time on loan in League Two, at Newport County, and League one, at Peterborough United. He has appeared for Brighton in the Championship on two occasions, but is yet to see premier league action.
To take a more detailed look at this season’s performances – According to whoscored.com, the defender attempts 58.8 passes per game, and has a pass success rate of 84.9%.
The 22-year-old has a successful tackling average per game of 1.8, Interceptions 2.5, and clearances 3.6. In comparison, Ake has a successful tackle rate of 1.2, an interception average of 1.4, and clearances average of 4.4. But of course that’s at a higher level.
White is strong, quick and certainly not afraid to get stuck in. Watching him, he looks composed, and likes to get forward. He is a ball-playing defender, which would suit Frank Lampard’s style of play. Versatility is important these days, White is capable of playing at right-back as well.
It remains to be seen, whether Chelsea, or any other club do consider White the real deal. Liverpool and Tottenham have also been linked in the past, according to Talksport. So if Chelsea are serious, a bid will surely be imminent.