Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips is reportedly wanted by Premier League outfit Tottenham, but he should ignore interest from them for the good of his development.
The Whites have already lost Jack Clarke to Spurs this summer, despite the fact he’s been loaned back to them for the upcoming campaign.
Phillips should not follow suit with a switch to North London, as he’s developing brilliantly at Elland Road and should be aiming to play a key role in a Championship promotion bid in the new season.
According to the Mirror, Spurs are launching a raid on the central midfielder and would offer a sizeable increase on his current £10,000-a-week contract.
It is understood that he would cost around £30million, with the likes of Aston Villa, Newcastle United, Bournemouth and Wolverhampton Wanderers also credited with interest.
The 23-year-old has it all on a plate for him with Leeds, where he’s the main man under manager Marcelo Bielsa and guaranteed starts on a weekly basis.
But a switch to Spurs could damage his progression.
Phillips is a deep-lying playmaker that looks ready to make the step up to the top-flight, but another year in the Championship under Bielsa won’t harm him.
A potential move to Spurs would see him go from a first name on the team sheet to someone fighting to get in a match day squad.
Spurs maestro Harry Winks would be the biggest obstacle in his way, as he’s a pass master that is adored by manager Mauricio Pochettino and is built in a similar mould to Phillips.
Winks, 23, controls possession for his club side in the middle of the park and has also done it for England’s senior team too under Gareth Southgate.
He’s further along with his development than Phillips and he would be a nightmare rival for the Leeds academy graduate to have.
It seems unimaginable that Winks will be going anywhere anytime soon and he will have a spot locked down in the Spurs team for the foreseeable future as their pass master.