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Benjamin White
Ben White 2018.jpg
White with Brighton & Hove Albion in 2018
Personal information
Full name Benjamin William White[1]
Date of birth (1997-10-08) 8 October 1997 (age 24)[2]
Place of birth Poole, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.82 m)[3]
Position(s) Centre-back[4]
Club information
Current team
Arsenal
Number 4
Youth career
0000–2014 Southampton
2014–2016 Brighton & Hove Albion
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016–2021 Brighton & Hove Albion 36 (0)
2017–2018Newport County (loan) 42 (1)
2019Peterborough United (loan) 15 (1)
2019–2020Leeds United (loan) 46 (1)
2021– Arsenal 18 (0)
National team
2021– England 2 (0)
Honours
Men's football
Representing  England
UEFA European Championship
Runner-up 2020
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:45, 1 January 2022 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:23, 6 June 2021 (UTC)

Benjamin William White (born 8 October 1997) is an English professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for Premier League club Arsenal and the England national team.

White began his senior club career at age 18 in 2016 with Brighton & Hove Albion; he joined Newport County, Peterborough United, and Leeds United on successive loans between 2016 and 2019. He subsequently played in the four professional English leagues, and won the Championship with Leeds. After a season with Brighton, White was the subject of a club record association football transfer when he signed for Arsenal in 2021 in a transfer worth up to £50 million, becoming their most expensive defender.

White made his senior international debut for England in 2021 at the age of 23, and was selected as part of the 26-man squad for UEFA Euro 2020.

Club career[edit]

Brighton & Hove Albion[edit]

White with Brighton & Hove Albion in 2015

Born in Poole, Dorset,[5] White started his youth career at Premier League club Southampton before being released at the age of 16. He was signed by Brighton & Hove Albion where he initially joined their academy.[6]

For the first league match of the 2016–17 season on 6 August 2016, White was an unused substitute in a 0–0 draw away to Derby County.[7] White made his professional football debut three days later on 9 August, playing the entire game of the first round EFL Cup match in a 4–0 home victory over Colchester United.[8] White continued to be an unused substitute in the next three league games against Nottingham Forest,[9] Rotherham United[10] and Reading.[11] His second start for Brighton came in the next round of the EFL Cup again playing the whole match away against Oxford United on 23 August, where Brighton won 4–2.[12] White was once again an unused substitute on 18 March 2017, this time against Leeds United.[13] White also appeared 3 times during the EFL Trophy before Brighton U21s were eliminated in round three by Coventry City.[citation needed]

After being linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur after initially rejecting a new contract offer at Brighton,[14] White did sign a new long-term contract extension at Brighton in April 2018.[6] At the start of the 2018–19 season, then-Brighton manager Chris Hughton stated that White would be the club's fourth-choice centre-back behind Lewis Dunk, Shane Duffy and Leon Balogun.[15] White however was a regular for Brighton U23s. On 26 November 2018, he set up three goals in the Premier League 2 Division 1 to help Brighton U23s to come from 2–0 down to win 3–2 against Swansea City U23s.[16] White made the bench for the Premier League for the first time on 8 December 2018, where Brighton lost 1–0 away to Burnley. White remained an unused substitute.[17]

Following months of speculation regarding his future, including Brighton rejecting three permanent bids for White from Leeds,[18] White signed a new four-year contract with Brighton on 1 September 2020.[19] On the opening day of the 2020–21 season, White made his league debut for Brighton, in what was also his Premier League debut, in a 3–1 home loss against Chelsea where he went off injured.[20] He helped Brighton keep a clean sheet in their next league match, a 3–0 away win at Newcastle on 20 September.[21] White played in Brighton's FA Cup third round penalty shoot-out victory over his former club Newport on 10 January 2021.[22]

White played in Brighton's 1–0 away victory over defending champions Liverpool on 3 February claiming their first league win at Anfield since 1982.[23] On 20 April, after a strong performance, White was sent off after a second bookable offence in the 90+2-minute, in a game where he helped Brighton earn their first ever point at Chelsea in a 0–0 draw.[24] He played in Brighton's 3–2 home victory over champions Manchester City after coming back from 2–0 down on 18 May, with fans returning to football. This was their first league victory against City since 1989.[25] After a strong season breaking into the first team White picked up the Player Of The Season award on 6 June, on the same day as his first England start.[26]

Loan to Newport County[edit]

On 1 August 2017, White signed for League Two club Newport County on loan until the end of the 2017–18 season in what was described by manager Michael Flynn as a "big coup for the club."[27] White made his debut for Newport on 8 August 2017 in a 2–0 victory over Southend United in the first round of the EFL Cup.[28] He made his Football League debut on 12 August 2017 in a 1–1 draw versus Crewe Alexandra. White scored his first Football League goal on 21 November 2017 for Newport against Barnet in a 2–1 home defeat.[29]

On 7 January 2018, White started for Newport in a 2–1 home win over Championship club Leeds United in the FA Cup third round, which meant Newport progressed to the FA Cup fourth round for the first time since the 1978–79 FA Cup.[30] In the following round, Newport were drawn at home to Premier League team Tottenham Hotspur. On 27 January 2018, White started the match as Newport drew 1–1 to force a replay at Tottenham's temporary home ground Wembley Stadium, with White praised for his performance against Harry Kane.[31][6]

On 15 March 2018, White won the South Wales Argus Player of the Year Award for Newport for the 2017–18 season. At the awards ceremony, manager Michael Flynn described White as "the best loan signing the club has ever made."[32]

Loan to Peterborough United[edit]

On 3 January 2019, White signed for League One club Peterborough United on loan until the end of the season.[33] He made his debut for Peterborough on 5 January 2019 in a 5–0 away loss to Middlesbrough in the third round of the FA Cup.[34] White's first match at the London Road Stadium was also his first League One appearance where he came on in the 88th minute to replace Joe Ward in a 2–1 victory over Rochdale on 12 January.[35]

White scored his first goal for Peterborough – and first in League One – scoring the second goal in a 2–0 home win over Southend United on 23 March 2019.[36] White played in the final game of the season where Peterborough won 3–1 at home to Burton Albion. However, with Doncaster Rovers winning their match, The Posh just missed out on a play-off spot.[37][38] White finished his loan spell making 16 appearances in all competitions, scoring once.

Loan to Leeds United[edit]

On 1 July 2019, White signed for Championship club Leeds United on loan until the end of the season. On the same day, White signed a new one-year contract extension at Brighton.[39] [40][41] He was given the number 5 shirt ahead of the 2019–20 season,[42] and made his debut on 4 August in Leeds' opening day 3–1 victory against Bristol City.[43]

On 4 September 2019, after impressive performances during the month of August, White won the Championship PFA Player of the Month award for August 2019.[44] In November 2019, it was reported that White was being scouted by Premier League club Liverpool,[45] with Brighton head coach Graham Potter advising that White wouldn't be recalled from Leeds and that his future would be at Brighton at the end of his loan spell.[46]

On 23 December 2019, after continuing his form, White won the Championship Best Young Player award, as voted by Sky Sports readers.[47] White was watched by England manager Gareth Southgate in January 2020, with Southgate also scouting White's team-mate Kalvin Phillips.[48]

White played in all 46 league games (and all 49 overall) as Leeds were promoted to the Premier League as league champions.[49] He scored his only goal for Leeds in the last game of his loan spell in a 4–0 victory against Charlton Athletic,[50] which was ultimately voted Goal of the Month for July 2020.[51] Following the conclusion of his loan, White won the Leeds Young Player of the season award[52] and the Yorkshire Evening Post award for Player of the season for 2019–20.[53]

On 8 September 2020, White was named in the PFA Team of the Year for the 2019–20 Championship.[54]

Arsenal[edit]

On 30 July 2021, White signed for Premier League club Arsenal for £50 million.[55] He made his debut on 13 August, in the opening game of the 2021–22 Premier League season, starting and playing the whole of the 2–0 defeat at Premier League newcomers Brentford.[56] White missed Arsenal's next match on 22 August, a home fixture against London rivals Chelsea, due to a positive COVID-19 test.[57] He eventually made his home debut at the Emirates Stadium after returning on 11 September, helping keep a clean sheet in a 1–0 victory over Norwich City for the club's first league win of the season.[58]

White played in his first North London derby against Tottenham Hotspur on 26 September, he played the whole match where The Gunners took all three points in the 3–1 home victory.[59] On 2 October, White made his first return to Falmer Stadium since leaving Brighton where he started and played the full match for The Gunners in the 0–0 draw with his former club.[60]

International career[edit]

On 25 May 2021, White was named in England's provisional 33-man squad for UEFA Euro 2020, with the tournament taking place in the summer of 2021 due to the previous year's postponement as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.[61] This was White's first ever call-up to the national team at any level.[62] He was one of seven players cut from the squad on 1 June,[63] although the players who were cut remained in the squad for the two warm up games against Austria and Romania. White made his England debut coming on as a substitute, replacing Jack Grealish in the 1–0 victory over Austria at the Riverside Stadium on 2 June. He cleared a shot from Alessandro Schöpf off the line, preventing a late equaliser.[64] He became the fifth Brighton player to play for England, and the second in just under three years after Albion team mate and captain Lewis Dunk was capped in November 2018.[65] He made his first start in the second and final warm up match on 6 June, playing the whole match in the 1–0 victory over Romania, again played at the Riverside Stadium.[66] On 7 June, White was named in the 26-man squad for Euro 2020 as a replacement for the injured Trent Alexander-Arnold.[67] White remained unused in the tournament where England finished as runners-up in the Championships. However, Southgate praised the players who made no appearances saying, "they are the ones making this team successful."[68][69]

Style of play[edit]

White is known as a ball playing centre-back with good technical ability and was also praised by former manager Michael Flynn for his tough tackling style, White can also play as a defensive midfielder or as a right-back.[70] White describes his own style as a "cool" and "calm" player.[71] White is also known for his surging forward runs with the ball helping create quick counterattacks from deep.[72]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 13 January 2022
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup EFL Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Brighton & Hove Albion U23/21 2016–17[73] 3[a] 0 3 0
2018–19[74] 3[a] 0 3 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 6 0
Brighton & Hove Albion 2016–17[73] Championship 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0
2018–19[74] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019–20[75] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020–21[76] Premier League 36 0 2 0 1 0 39 0
Total 36 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 41 0
Newport County (loan) 2017–18[77] League Two 42 1 5 0 2 0 2[a] 0 51 1
Peterborough United (loan) 2018–19[74] League One 15 1 1 0 16 1
Leeds United (loan) 2019–20[75] Championship 46 1 1 0 2 0 49 1
Arsenal 2021–22[78] Premier League 18 0 1 0 3 0 22 0
Career total 157 3 10 0 10 0 8 0 185 3
  1. ^ a b c Appearances in EFL Trophy

International[edit]

As of match played 6 June 2021[79]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
England 2021 2 0
Total 2 0

Honours[edit]

Leeds United

England

Individual

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