Shares of Ben White have soared as the Arsenal defender has been compared to former Aston Villa and Manchester United defender Paul McGrath.
What makes the Republic of Ireland player so unique is that his former teammate Roy Keane praised him, which is a testament to how crucial the Manchester United legend is.
Ben White has had the best season ever for Arsenal
Keane (c) does not often praise him, but McGrath (r) was one of the few players he enjoyed playing.
After missing the first games of the season for the Gunners due to COVID-19, White trailed Michael Arteita.
He has been part of the only one-time defending defense in the league since August against Premier League top scorers Liverpool, who are fifth behind West Ham in goal difference.
His appearance and quality led to a rave review from former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino.
“Ben White is now well settled and more confident than he was when he first arrived at the Emirates,” the ToxSport host told Weekend Sport’s Breakfast.
“If you have a player who does simple things, move him, get him, give it to someone, you can do things you can’t do”
The whites who helped Arsenal qualify for the Champions League have been largely calm and firm this season.
“Paul McGrath was one of the best I’ve ever played, he’s never surpassed people, he’s replaced Ben White.
“He was not a player who dribbled or did great technical things, but he was amazing at catching and moving the ball.
“Ben White has some of that, and if he continues to develop, Ben White will definitely be part of the England squad as a starter. “
During his time with the legendary Man United’s Keane Republic of Ireland, the comparison between White and McGrath was even more significant.
Considering his 24 years, White’s future looks very bright
“If I had to pick one because I’ve played with him in midfield … maybe Scolacy,” Keane told Sky Sports.
“Paul Innes was a very good player and obviously I played with Ireland against Paul McGrath. “
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