‘He must master his position’: Sol Campbell says Arsenal target Ben White is ‘one for the future’ and doubts wisdom to splash £50million on 23-year-old Brighton defender
- Sol Campbell thinks Arsenal are paying too much for Ben White
- White is expected to have a medical this week ahead of a £50million move
- The defender was part of England’s Euro 2020 squad but was denied playing time
- “He needs to train because Arsenal are not in a position to move £50million,” he said
Sol Campbell believes Arsenal are taking a gamble by spending £50m on Brighton defender Ben White.
White is due to undergo a medical at Arsenal on Wednesday after agreeing personal terms, but former Gunners defender Campbell is concerned the club is paying too much for the 23-year-old.
“He has to have a situation where he has to be in charge of his position with £50 million and that is what he has to be,” Campbell told Talksport.
Ben White will undergo a medical at Arsenal this week ahead of a £50m move from Brighton
Former Arsenal defender Sol Campbell thinks the club is taking a risk with such a high fee
“He has to train because Arsenal are not in a position to spend £50m on a player. He will definitely have to start if it does and the medical condition is in order and go to work.”
White was one of Brighton’s most consistent players last season, making 36 Premier League starts, missing just two games.
He also had an excellent season on loan at Leeds United last year, playing every game as Marcelo Bielsa’s side were promoted.
White’s progress led to his being included in England’s squad for Euro 2020, although he didn’t play a single minute in Gareth Southgate’s run-up to the final.
“He’s 23 years old, definitely one for the future,” Campbell said of the England international
But Campbell, who made one of the most controversial substitutions in Premier League history when he moved from Tottenham to Arsenal on a free transfer after his contract expired, fears White is still a work in progress.
He has played 36 games for Brighton. Is it one for the future? He is 23 years old, definitely one for the future,” Campbell added.
“I don’t think you can know too much about anyone. In the sense of age, you know.
‘It’s a difficult one, it’s a lot of money, but they see a future in the coming years. They see someone who can play midfield, fullback.’