Noel Whelan heaped praise on Leeds United defender Ben White after Leeds CEO Angus Kinnear claimed Victor Orta had been scouting the centre-back for the last two years.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds striker shared that he thought the 21-year-old had everything you want from a centre-back in the modern game and that he was well worth waiting two years to get.

Kinnear claimed recently that Orta, Leeds’ Sporting Director, had kept tabs on White ever since he had spotted him when the pair went to Newport County in the FA Cup.

White joined Leeds on loan from Brighton in the latest summer window and Whelan shared how impressed he had been with the 21-year-old already.

When asked about Kinnear claiming Orta scouted White for two years, Whelan told Football Insider:  “Yeah, and he had an exceptional game.

“When you have a young player progressing that way and starting at that sort of level, it shows that he can cope with the demands and that physical side of the game, as it is a bit more physical when you go lower down the leagues.

“But not just, his confidence on the ball, his positional sense, his pace, he has everything you want from a centre-back in the modern game.

“It’s taken two years but it’s been well worth it.”

White has played in all eight of Leeds’ Championship matches this season and has done his part to help his side earn four clean sheets in those outings.

The 21-year-old is playing in the Championship for the first time in his career with him previously only having featured in League 1 and League 2 during spells With Newport County and Peterborough United.

In other Leeds United news, Danny Mills has torn into one senior player that “doesn’t look sharp” this season.