Danny Mills was left drooling over the performance of Leeds United’s Ben White as he made his competitive debut against Bristol City on Sunday.
The former Leeds and England full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, revealed that he was blown away by the composure and ball-playing abilities of the Brighton loanee in the Whites’ 3-1 victory at Ashton Gate.
White, who started and played the full 90 minutes against the Robins, has taken the place of Pontus Jansson at the heart of the defence with the Swedish international leaving for Brentford this summer.
Mills says that not only does White look capable of filling the void left by Jansson but he demonstrated a level-headed approach that his predecessor at Elland Road failed to show.
“I was very impressed with Ben White, I thought he stepped up very, very well,” Mills told Football Insider.
“He looked very, very good on the ball, very calm, assured, a decent defender – I know it’s only one game but I know people were like: ‘Oh, Pontus Jansson’s left.’ Pontus was a good player and a good defender but got wrapped up in the crowd too often, trying to play the hero.
“I think with Ben White, looks a good defender, very composed on the ball, looks like he can play – that might just be the difference. If he’s going to be solid and calm, that’s what you need as a defender. I was very impressed.”
White, 21, spent the second half of last season on loan at League One side Peterbrough and has just two first-team appearances under his belt for parent club Brighton.