Ben White: Rising Star in English Football

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Ben White with Brighton & Hove Albion in 2015 Benjamin William White, born on 8th October 1997, is an exceptional English professional footballer who has made a name for himself as a defender for both...

Ben White (footballer) Ben White with Brighton & Hove Albion in 2015

Benjamin William White, born on 8th October 1997, is an exceptional English professional footballer who has made a name for himself as a defender for both Premier League club Arsenal and the England national team. While primarily known as a centre-back, he also possesses the versatility to play as a right-back[^1^].

A Journey of Growth and Success

White's journey to success began at the age of 18 when he started his senior club career with Brighton & Hove Albion in 2016. Over the years, he gained valuable experience by joining Newport County, Peterborough United, and Leeds United on successive loans, showcasing his talent across the four professional English leagues. Notably, his loan spell at Leeds United resulted in winning the Championship and earning promotion to the Premier League[^1^].

After an impressive season with Brighton, White caught the attention of Arsenal, who broke their club transfer record to sign him in 2021 for a transfer fee of up to £50 million. This made him the most expensive defender in Arsenal's history[^1^].

Making His Mark on the International Stage

White made his senior international debut for England in 2021 at the age of 23. He was subsequently selected as part of the England squads for UEFA Euro 2020 and the 2022 FIFA World Cup, demonstrating his exceptional skills and earning recognition on the global stage[^1^].

Club Career

Brighton & Hove Albion

Early Career

Born in Poole, Dorset, White began his youth career at Southampton before being signed by Brighton & Hove Albion after his release at the age of 16. Despite initial interest from Bristol City and Leicester City, White chose to join Brighton's academy[^1^].

2016-17 season

White made his professional debut for Brighton on 9th August 2016 in a 4-0 victory over Colchester United in the first round of the EFL Cup. Throughout the season, he continued to gain valuable experience, making appearances in both league matches and cup competitions[^1^].

2017-18 season: Loan to Newport County

In August 2017, White joined League Two club Newport County on loan until the end of the season. His impressive performances led to Newport's progression to the FA Cup fourth round, where they faced Premier League team Tottenham Hotspur. White's strong defensive skills were praised, and he was hailed as the best loan signing in Newport County's history[^1^].

2018-19 season: Loan to Peterborough United

Following his loan spell at Newport County, White signed for League One club Peterborough United on loan. He made a significant impact during his time at Peterborough, contributing both defensively and offensively with goals and assists[^1^].

2019-20 season: Loan to Leeds United

White's loan move to Leeds United in the Championship proved to be a turning point in his career. He played a vital role in their promotion to the Premier League, featuring in all 46 league games and winning the Championship Player of the Season award. His performances caught the attention of Premier League clubs, including Liverpool[^1^].

Arsenal

2021-22 season

In July 2021, White made his highly anticipated move to Premier League club Arsenal for £50 million. He made his debut in the opening game of the 2021-22 season but unfortunately suffered a defeat. However, he quickly established himself as a key player in the team's defense, showcasing his resilience and determination to succeed[^1^].

2022-23 season

During the 2022-23 season, White's position was shifted to right-back, showcasing his adaptability and versatility. He scored his first goal for Arsenal in a 3-2 victory over Bournemouth, highlighting his offensive capabilities as well[^1^].

International Career

White's rise in English football was accompanied by his international debut for England in 2021. He was selected for the UEFA Euro 2020 squad and later represented England at the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Although he remained unused in the Euro 2020 tournament, White's presence on the field showcased his immense potential as a young talent in the national team[^1^].

Style of Play

White is renowned for his ball-playing abilities and technical skills. He is known for his tough tackling style and can adeptly play as a defensive midfielder or a right-back when required. His composed and calm approach on the field, coupled with his ability to create counterattacks from deep positions, makes him a dynamic and valuable asset to any team. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has praised White for his talent, work ethic, and commitment to the game[^1^].

Personal Life

Off the field, White married his girlfriend, Milly Adams, in a private ceremony in London in May 2023[^1^].

Career Statistics

Club

As of match played 30th January 2024

Club Season League FA Cup EFL Cup Europe Other Total
Brighton & Hove Albion 2016-17 - - - - 3 3
Brighton & Hove Albion 2018-19 36 0 2 0 - 39
Brighton & Hove Albion 2020-21 36 0 2 0 - 39
Newport County (loan) 2017-18 42 1 5 0 2 50
Peterborough United (loan) 2018-19 15 1 1 0 - 17
Leeds United (loan) 2019-20 46 1 1 0 - 48
Arsenal 2021-22 32 0 1 0 - 33
Arsenal 2022-23 38 2 1 0 7 48
Arsenal 2023-24 21 1 1 0 6 29
Total - 246 6 14 0 18 284

International

As of match played 29th March 2022

National Team Year Apps Goals
England 2021 2 0
England 2022 2 0
Total - 4 0

Honors

Club

  • Leeds United: EFL Championship 2019-20[^92^]
  • Arsenal: FA Community Shield 2023[^93^]
  • England: UEFA European Championship runner-up 2020[^94^]

Individual

  • PFA Team of the Year: 2019-20 Championship[^50^]
  • Newport County Player of the Year Award: 2017-18[^22^]
  • Leeds United Young Player of the Season: 2019-20[^48^]
  • Brighton & Hove Albion Player of the Season: 2020-21[^95^]

Ben White's remarkable journey in English football is a testament to his talent, dedication, and versatility. As he continues to excel on both the domestic and international stages, it is evident that he is destined for even greater heights in his career.

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