Benjamin William White (born 8 October 1997) is an English professional footballer who primarily plays as a centre-back for Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion. White can also operate slightly further forward and play as a defensive midfielder.
He has previously had spells on loan at Newport County, Peterborough United and Leeds United.
Following months of speculation regarding his future, including Brighton rejecting three permanent bids for White from Leeds, White signed a new four-year contract with Brighton on 1 September. On the opening day of the 2020–21 season White made his league debut for The Seagulls in which was also his Premier League debut in a 3–1 home loss against Chelsea where he went off injured. He helped Brighton keep a clean sheet in their next league match, a 3–0 away win at Newcastle on 20 September. White played in The Seagulls FA Cup third round penalty shootout victory over his former loanee club Newport, on 10 January 2021.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.
White is known as a ball playing centre-back with good technical ability and was also praised by former manager Mike Flynn for his tough tackling style, White can also play as a defensive midfielder or as a right-back. White describes his own style as a ‘cool’ ‘calm’ player. White is also known for his surging forward runs with the ball helping create quick counterattacks from deep. White’s style of play has been compared to John Stones and Rio Ferdinand.