Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips has been in excellent form this season and has taken his game to the next level under Marcelo Bielsa.
And unsurprisingly, he is now a man in demand. According to the print edition of The Sun, via HITC Sport, West Bromwich Albion want Phillips.
The report suggests that West Brom will move for Phillips, who is rated at £10m by the Whites, if they win promotion and if Leeds stay down.
The lure of the Premier League could be tempting for the Leeds academy graduate but he should consider staying at Elland Road even if Bielsa’s men fail to win promotion.
The 23-year-old is thriving in his role just ahead of the back four – or occasionally as a centre-half.
Bielsa’s style of play centres around Phillips and his importance to the team cannot be underestimated – in terms of his defensive work and his passing ability.
In 21 games, Phillips has made 42 tackles, 30 interceptions, 23 blocks and an impressive 60 clearances, according to Who Scored.
And as well as protecting his back four, his total of 1182 passes in 21 matches proves how he can perform both aspects of the defensive midfielder’s role.
There is no doubt that Phillips can step up to the Premier League but staying at hometown club Leeds would make more sense for him in the long-term.
With such an important role in the side and the prospect of becoming the first-team captain in the near future, this could be the best option for Phillips.