Danny Mills has blasted Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa’s surprise plans to play defender Ben White in a midfield role against Huddersfield.
The former Leeds and England full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the centre-back should be left at the heart of the defence after his outstanding performances this season.
With Kalvin Phillips suspended against Huddersfield, Bielsa suggested that White could take his place, saying: “Yes. He’s our most important option,” when asked at his press conference.
Mills says that White needs to remain in his centre-back role, suggesting that moving him up into midfield could have a drastic effect on his and the team’s form.
Mills told Football Insider: “I would leave Ben White exactly where he is, I wouldn’t tinker with it. I think he is a fantastic player.
“I think it’s very, very difficult. As a centre-half, everything is in front of you, you have certain pictures. Flip it the other way round, when Fernandinho drops into centre-back for Manchester City – you can get away with it for two or three games, to do it long term you have to rely on instinct.
“You can’t react, you can’t wait for things, you have to be almost preemptive, you almost have to do things and be in the position before they happen. That’s the problem when you’re not used to playing that position day in, day out. Occasionally you just get caught out.
“Leave your strongest players in your strongest positions rather than moving two or three around and making two or three positions weaker.”
White has been an ever-present for Leeds in the Championship this season, playing alongside Liam Cooper or Gaetano Berardi at the heart of the defence.
The Whites have conceded the least goals in the second-tier with just 10 strikes finding their way past Kiko Casilla.
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