Danny Mills was left head over heels with the performance of Leeds United defender Ben White in the club’s League Cup win over Salford City.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds and England defender says that the 21-year-old centre back stood out at the heart of Marcelo Bielsa’s defence as the Argentine’s side secured a 3-0 victory against the League Two outfit.
White was signed on loan from Premier League side Brighton this summer and has stepped straight into the void left by Pontus Jansson in the starting XI.
Having impressed with his composure and ability to deal with a physical Salford side, Mills says that the youngster could be an upgrade on his Swedish predecessor if he continues in the same vein of form.
“Ben White yet again was superb,” Mills told Football Insider.
“Having to deal with a lot of aerial balls, a lot of long balls as well, Salford played very direct at times and I thought he was very, very composed, good on the ball.
“I thought he stood up to the challenge of having to defend against those sort of balls very, very well. He looked a real talent. Leeds fans were a little bit worried when Pontus Jansson left, I actually think if he carries on like this he could be a real upgrade.”
The Championship is the highest level White has ever played at, having spent time out on loan at League One and League Two sides in recent seasons, with just two League Cup appearances for parent club Brighton.
He has now played every minute of Leeds’ 2019/20 campaign, forming a partnership with Liam Cooper at the back.