Liverpool will like what they see from Ben White against Manchester City on Wednesday evening. The Reds reportedly hold interest in the defender.
Ben White lined up in centre-midfield for Brighton against Manchester City on Wednesday. The 23-year-old is typically a centre-half but showed great versatility.
Now, this isn’t the first time White has played in the middle for Brighton. In fact, per Whoscored, it’s the seventh time this season – hardly unusual, then.
But the fact he’s capable of doing so against one of the country’s top sides is notable. It’s quite special, in truth.
White is unquestionably a centre-half by trade. He played there for Leeds United last season and ten of his 17 appearances this season came in the role.
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That versatility, though, makes him a fantastic prospect for a top side. Say, Liverpool.
The Liverpool Echo claims the Reds hold ‘genuine interest’ in White. If he came in, he’d be a fourth-choice centre-half.
Liverpool desperately need one of those, after all. They’ve seen this season how difficult it can be with only three.
But buying for that role is difficult. There aren’t great guaranteed games, which creates a problem.
If you want experience, it’ll have to be someone willing to be a squad player. You’re effectively ruling out anyone good, then.
If you want potential, it comes with the knowledge that they might not get all of the game they need to reach it.
White fits into the second category as a 23-year-old. Fortunately, his versatility makes things easier.
Liverpool love versatile players – virtually everyone can play at least two positions. White fits in well, then, with his ability to play in midfield.
It also means Liverpool could sign a player who covers two positions for them as backup. On top of that, White effectively doubles the amount of games he’s eligible for.
The investment – which surely would be considerable – feels a lot better, then. You’re getting more out of the player and with an increased chance that he develops properly.
White proving himself against City is a great step. Liverpool can move forward on this one in confidence that he’d be a very solid signing.