Brighton's gambler Ben White will have spent enough time playing Leeds United to prevent his parents' club from calling him back in January, but according to The Athletic's Phil Hay, there may be other issues.

The 22-year-old came in the summer with a seasonal loan in the Elland Road and has become an integral part of the whites developed.

White was asked to complete the difficult task of replacing veteran center-back Pontus Jansson.

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The defender played in every game for Leeds this season, helping them score the fewest goals and scoring the most goals in the league to win the PFA Fans' Player of the Month award for August.

There were Concerns from fans in recent weeks that his great form could lead Brighton to call him back in January, especially given Adam Webster's recent injury.

In a Q & A for The Athletic, Hay discussed the situation regarding White's future in the club.

Asked if his Leeds lending was secured for the entire season, he said, "It is certain that he has played enough to prevent Brighton from activating a recall clause."

"But say, for example, a big Premier League club should make an offer that Brighton accepted, and White said he wanted to go? Then things get complicated. I am purely hypothetical here. "

Hay was also asked if White could have a long-term future in the club.

He said, "That's because of Brighton.

"If Leeds went up, they would have the money, but why would Brighton give up a defender so well? That would be counterintuitive, I'm with you – he's been great so far."

White helped Leeds to third place in the championship after 15 games.

On Saturday they meet in Elland Road on Blackburn Rovers. They know that a victory can mean that they can step into the international break at the top of the championship.

The judgment

In the light of recent concerns over White being recalled in JanuaryHays commentary should give the Leeds fans some comfort.

There is still the possibility that a big club will move for the defender when the transfer window opens, but that seems unlikely, as he has no top experience and has only 15 championship games behind him.

It's hard to argue with Hay about White's long-term future. Would Brighton really be willing to let him go?

They have some impressive young center-backs, including Webster and Matt Clarke, who could give the whites a glimmer of hope.