Leeds United’s hopes of keeping Ben White in the next transfer window certainly seem thinner. The Brighton defender and Hove Albion has been in great shape since arriving at Elland Road last summer.
However, this beautiful form was not only noticed by his parent club, who will probably want to give it a race at Amex. Other Premier League clubs are enthusiastic, including Premier League champions waiting for Liverpool.
The Reds have been linked to a movement for the £ 25m (The Sun) central defender These last months. Now speaking on the EFL podcast this week, Sky Sports commentator Gary Weaver confirmed that Liverpool talent recruiter Andy O’Brien has watched the central defender all season.
It would be doubly overwhelming for Leeds if it was O’Brien who ended up helping White keep Leeds away.
The 40-year-old former international from the Republic of Ireland is based in his hometown of Harrogate and was at Leeds United Academy until his release at 14. He eventually returned to Elland Road in 2010, and eventually stayed at the club until 2012.
But it was not always a happy moment. He fought for form and in November 2011, as relayed by the BBC, Simon Grayson said that O’Brien would “never play for the club again” after refusing to play against Burnley in a league game.
Leeds rightly backed down on this position after it became clear that O’Brien was depressed and had received treatment at the Sporting Chance Clinic.
At the end of the 2011-12 season, O’Brien was transferred by Neil Warnock while he was looking for options abroad. He ended his career in Canada with the Vancouver Whitecaps in MLS. After retiring in 2015, O’Brien traveled to Liverpool in January 2015 and is now conducting research on the Leeds United loan star.
Leeds United fans hope this former Leeds central defender will not attract his current starting defender in the next transfer window.