• How Much Will White be Missed at Brighton?

    In one of the less surprising deals of the summer transfer window, Ben White made a big-money move to Arsenal for a fee of £50 million. Brighton & Hove Albion fans always knew that their prized academy product would be subject to numerous bids from top clubs, and it was more of a question of where, not if, he would go. Does this represent a stunning piece of business for the club or will the defender leave a gaping hole in Graham Potter’s side?

    Brighton Always Seemed They Would Sell

    Brighton fans didn’t know much about White until he went out on loan to Leeds United and became a key component of Marcelo Bielsa’s 2019-20 Championship-winning side. The Poole-born centre-back had been loaned out to Newport County and Peterborough United in the two seasons before that. However, seeing as those sides were playing in the lower echelons of the English football pyramid, it was mainly people who followed those clubs that knew what White could do.

    After Leeds earned a promotion to the Premier League, they were desperate to sign White permanently. However, Potter was adamant that the player was firmly in his plans. The 23-year-old did become an integral part of the Seagulls to help them to their 16th-place finish last term, but this could have been a ploy by the board to add more value to White’s stock.
    It seems to have done the trick as well. In the last term, when clubs like Leeds were enquiring about White’s price, Brighton reportedly valued him around £30 million. Simply by having him stay as a first-team regular for one campaign, Potter managed to add £20 million to White’s value. Despite many fans believing that White should have gone on to be a crucial member of the team for many years to come, this sale represents a solid-looking bit of business for Brighton.

    Brighton Should Manage Without White

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