Patrick Bamford reveals Ben White exchange ahead of Leeds United's clash at Brighton

Leeds United will meet a familiar face on the south coast in the Premier League this weekend.

Friday, 30th April 2021, 5:27 pm
Brighton defender Ben White. Pic: Getty

United travel to face Brighton in the top flight and will come up against former loanee and fan favourite Ben White.

The 23-year-old spent last season on loan in West Yorkshire, having secured a temporary switch in 2019 to spend the campaign with Leeds away from his parent club.

White played all 46 games of United's promotion-winning season in the Championship as Leeds lifted the second division title by a 10-point margin.

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Bielsa's men ended a 16-year absence from the top flight and immediately attempted to land the loanee on a permanent deal after a stellar campaign.

The Seagulls, though, refused to sell their highly-rated academy product with a final bid of £30m being turned down.

United's number nine and leading scorer Bamford has now revealed he's looking forward to facing his former teammate and friend this weekend.

"I'm looking forward to it, the fact Ben (White) is back there makes it more interesting too," Bamford told the official Leeds United podcast.

"To be fair, I've WhatsApped him and he's enjoying it there. It's where he is from, he's back with his family and friends but on the pitch, there are no friends.

"If he'd have stayed at Leeds, I think he'd be in the England squad. It's one of them. It'll be a good match.

"I'm surprised they're still struggling with relegation because they play good football. I'm sure it will be a good game."