By Football Insider speaking to Kevin Campbell

17th Mar, 2020 | 12:30pm

Exclusive: Bruce claims Leeds player transfer fee ramped up after makeshift displays

Alex Bruce claims that Ben White’s performances as a makeshift midfielder at Leeds United are causing his value to rise in the transfer market.

The former Leeds and Hull City defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, admits he has been hugely impressed by what he has seen from the centre-back, no matter where he plays.

The 22-year-old has been used by manager Marcelo Bielsa as a defensive midfielder in the absence of Kalvin Phillips this season, including in their recent wins over Middlesbrough and Huddersfield.

Bruce insists that the Brighton loanee has proven his ability to move up the pitch from his natural position, meaning that his price tag is on the up.

He went on to compare the defender’s situation at Elland Road to that of fellow loanee Jack Harrison, having called the asking price for the winger “ridiculous”.

“I actually watched him in central midfield the other week and I was very impressed,” Bruce told Football Insider.

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“He was very composed on the ball and the fact that he can step into midfield and add another string to his bow is something that will only add value to him as well.

“It’s a similar situation to Jack Harrison.”  

 

White has been a mainstay for Bielsa since arriving from Brighton last summer, featuring in every single one of the club’s Championship fixtures.

He has played primarily alongside Liam Cooper or Gaetano Berardi, with a total of 40 appearances under his belt to date.

In other Leeds United news, Noel Whelan has suggested that the club may dish out a short-term contract deal to a senior player.