Only Kieran Trippier has more points than Ben White among Dream Team defenders – is the Arsenal star underrated? | The Sun

IT'S possible too many Dream Team managers are underestimating Ben White (£4.4m) this season.

At the time of writing, Arsenal's No4 has 77 points to his name.

That's eight more than Dan Burn (£4m) and five more than Matty Cash (£3.3m), who are both more popular – the latter appears in over twice as many teams.


In fact, only Kieran Trippier (£5.7m) boasts a greater tally than White among defenders right now.

The Newcastle right-back has amassed 91 points and is sixth in the rankings among all assets from all positions.

With an ownership of 30.8%, Trippier is also one of the most-selected players in the game.

It's not that White has been totally overlooked, his ownership of 11.4% is the seventh-highest among defenders, but given only the evidently brilliant Trippier has outperformed him to this point, shouldn't he appear in more teams?

It's interesting to compare the ex-Brighton defender's numbers to that of William Saliba (£3.6m).

The Frenchman has notched a very respectable 61 points, putting him joint-seventh among players in his position, but he's now 16 shy of White.

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And yet Saliba boasts a massive ownership of 29.9%, meaning he's only marginally less popular than Trippier.

One logical reason for this is that the 22-year-old is a more affordable route into Arsenal's defence – he's £0.8m cheaper than White currently.

The main difference between the two is that, as right-back, White is able to contribute more going forward.

He's registered four shots on target, two big chances created, one goal and one assist – whereas Saliba has one assist but nothing across the other three metrics.

Mikel Arteta's side face West Ham in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday and face a tough trip to Newcastle at the weekend but the rest of their November fixtures appear rather favourable.

Arsenal host Sevilla having beaten them in Spain recently before welcoming Burnley to the Emirates.

Brentford and Lens complete a relatively friendly run, although the Ligue 1 side did win the reverse fixture in France.

Dream Team bosses could do a lot worse than backing White throughout November given his impressive stats.

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