Kevin Phillips has claimed it would be a “massive coup” if Leeds United keep hold of Brighton’s Ben White this summer but suggested another loan move is more likely than a permanent deal.
The former Sunderland and West Brom striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, used Che Adams, 23, as an example of how Premier League moves can stunt a young player’s development.
White’s current teammate, Adam Forshaw, told the Leeds That podcast the 22-year-old would be a “good fit” at one of the Premier League’s top sides.
Football Insider has revealed that Liverpool, Manchester United and Leicester City are all interested in the English centre-half.
Phillips suggested White could sign for a top-six side and then go back to Leeds on another season-long loan.
“I see a scenario where he goes somewhere and gets loaned back to Leeds,” he told Football Insider.
“He looks like he enjoys playing there and I do not think if he went to Liverpool that he would play straight away.
“A player that has played well all season but he could go to a Premier League club and not play.
“All of a sudden, like Che Adams, your career can take a bit of a backwards step. I want to see him continue to develop.
“If he was to go to a top four or top six side but is not going to play I would like to see him get loaned back out and continue to grow.
“If that was back to Leeds it would be a massive coup for them. He is enjoying his football there and Bielsa is getting the best out of him.”
In other Leeds United news, Noel Whelan has told Football Insider clause may stop Whites from signing loanee permanently.