Leeds making very smart call amid reports on 25-year-old's future
It will come as no surprise to Leeds United fans that Kalvin Phillips is reportedly attracting attention from most of the Premier League heavyweights.
What’s the story?
According to 90min, both Manchester clubs want the 25-year-old. Meanwhile, Liverpool and Chelsea are also monitoring the England international.
It comes after a stunning rise over the last few years. It was just over three years ago that Phillips seemed to be destined for a reasonable career in the Championship.
But the arrival of Marcelo Bielsa has transformed his game. And in the last 12 months, he has become one of the Premier League’s best holding midfielders. He also played a pivotal role in England reaching the Euro 2020 final.
There are so many questions for Leeds to answer regarding what life looks like once Bielsa moves on from Elland Road.
And for that reason, it can only be said that it is incredibly difficult to imagine Phillips leaving while the Argentinian is in charge.
Nevertheless, Leeds look to have made a very smart decision on Phillips’s future amid interest from elsewhere.
90min’s report claimed that the Whites want to offer the academy graduate a new deal.
In fact, it is claimed that his wages are set to at least double. And he could even become the first Leeds player to earn more than £100,000-a-week.
Phillips the right man to pass landmark figure as Leeds eye contract talks
It looks imperative that Leeds agree fresh terms with Phillips if they want to continue to make progress.
Phillips is the fulcrum of Bielsa’s side. The squad is an incredibly versatile one. The likes of Stuart Dallas and Rodrigo can be deployed in several different roles.
And yet, for all their versatility, Leeds have never quite been able to find someone to adequately fill the void when Phillips is absent.
Robin Koch was outstanding on a couple of occasions. However, he has also endured a couple of nightmare appearances in the Phillips role.
Of course, keeping Bielsa for a while longer would be huge for Leeds. But it is surely fair to say that keeping Phillips as part of his side looks just as important.
For that reason, he would arguably be the ideal first player to receive a six-figure deal at Leeds.