Dominic Matteo has highlighted the importance of Kalvin Phillips to the Leeds United team.
Phillips, who earns £30,000-a-week (Mirror), was a big miss on Saturday as the Whites were beaten 2-0 away to Brighton in the Premier League.
The Leeds-born midfielder was missing through a knee problem, and it’s alarming how much the Yorkshire giants struggle without him whenever he’s sidelined through injury.
Leeds-supporting pundit Matteo claimed the 25-year-old’s absence at the Amex Stadium against Brighton was really noticeable.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side saw their strong six-game unbeaten run in league halted by an opponent that were far superior on the day.
“We look to Kalvin so much, so he was a big miss against Brighton. He’s the glue that keeps the team together, stopping attacks and starting or own. Without him, defensively we didn’t look as assured,” Matteo wrote for the Yorkshire Evening Post.
In reality, the Leeds group can be allowed a bad day at the office after a superb return to Premier League football. However, they need to try find a solution for when Phillips is out of action.
He’s missed nine league games this campaign through injury, and the team have picked up six points out of a possible 27 during that spell.
The England international really is “the glue” that holds things together at Elland Road like Matteo suggests, but they shouldn’t be so reliant on just one individual going into next season.
With the summer transfer window not that far away, work should be going on behind the scenes to try find a signing that can slot into the deep-lying playmaker role effortlessly as an understudy to Phillips.