David Prutton has told Football League World that Kalvin Phillips would be daft not to consider a move to Manchester United if the chance presents itself for the Leeds United midfielder.
Phillips has attracted a lot of attention since he started working with Marcelo Bielsa. The Leeds boss quickly turned the academy graduate into the team’s quarterback in holding midfield. And Phillips has been a revelation in the role.
Unsurprisingly, there has been plenty of interest in the midfielder. The Sun suggests that four Premier League sides wanted Phillips in the summer, and Manchester United are now planning a move for the end of the season.
From the outside, promotion this season looks to be a must if Leeds want to keep Phillips. And if the Whites were to sell the 23-year-old, the Elland Road faithful will probably hope that he goes anywhere but Old Trafford.
But former Leeds midfielder Prutton suggested that Phillips would be making a mistake not considering the controversial switch.
“I can see Kalvin fitting into a midfield such as that very, very nicely,” he told Football League World.
“Again, it is not beyond the realms of possibility. But, as ever, a boyhood Leeds United fan, who has probably sat on the Kop and watched them against Manchester United, it is a real test of the mettle if they come knocking on the door, but, he’d be daft not to give it some serious thought.”
Phillips cannot join Manchester United if he hopes to retain any sort of popularity amongst the Leeds fans. The general feeling towards Alan Smith appears to have only started changing in the last few years – and he left the club at a time when they desperately needed the funds.
Leeds are no longer in financial difficulty. So if Phillips has several offers on the table and picks Manchester United, there may be just as much anger as there was 15 years ago.
Leeds, of course, will hope that they will not need to leave Phillips with a decision to make. Surely, promotion would all but ensure that their talisman will be going nowhere.