Leeds United left-back Barry Douglas has been discussing the best players he has played with on the official Leeds Twitter account and, in the process, suggested that the current Elland Road pair of Kalvin Phillips and Ben White have the ability to play at the highest level.
The former Wolves star named Portugal midfield maestro Ruben Neves as one of the best he has played with in his career.
The Scottish defender then suggested that Neves could play at one of the ‘top, top teams’ in the future. At which point, the 30-year-old then claimed that Phillips and White have similar abilities.
“Ruben Neves has got to be up there. He just sees the game differently and makes it look so easy and effortless. It’ll be no surprise if we see him at one of the top, top teams. You could say the same with Kalv (Kalvin Phillips) or Ben (White). Both have unbelievable potential and are great players.”
When discussing ‘top’ teams you can only assume that Douglas means the likes of Liverpool, Barcelona, and Bayern Munich.
Neves has indeed been linked with clubs of that ilk in the past, however, as reported by The Times, Wolves slapped an off-putting £110 million price-tag on his head.
Suggesting that Phillips and White are at a similar level just highlights how impressive the pair have been for Leeds this season.
In the case of White, it means that Leeds may have to say goodbye to him at the end of the current season. The centre-back is only on loan from Brighton and the Seagulls will want him back, whilst big clubs are also loitering.
With Phillips, Leeds fans are fully aware that big teams will be looking at him in the hope of one day securing his services.
However, there is no reason why he cannot go on to help Leeds reclaim their very own ‘top’ club status if promoted to the Premier League this season.
If that proves the case, then Phillips can hopefully stick around at Leeds for the long-term.