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Marcelo Bielsa’s £6.2m summer gamble paying off in Kalvin Phillips

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Marcelo Bielsa’s £6.2m summer gamble paying off in Kalvin Phillips

Leeds gambled on the sale of the England under-21 star.

This summer, Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa sanctioned the sale of England under-21 international Ronaldo Vieira. The midfielder joined Sampdoria in a deal worth a reported £6.2 million in a deal that caught man Leeds fans off guard.

Vieira was considered a top talent by many, but it seemed Bielsa decided he was the best candidate to fund transfer exploits elsewhere.

In the end, it appeared to boil down to a choice between two of Leed top young midfielders. Vieira or Kalvin Phillips?

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – APRIL 13: Ronaldo Vieira of Leeds United looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Leeds United at Villa Park on April 13, 2018 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images)

Bielsa went with the latter and, so far, it looks to have been a well thought out and executed gamble.


Phillips has been in great form this season and has changed the opinion of many a doubtful Leeds fan.

Such form has even seen him linked with Premier League moves. TEAMtalk reported yesterday that the versatile star is wanted by Tottenham, Everton and Arsenal – along with nine other Premier League sides.

Leeds will, of course, now be fighting hard to keep hold of the 22-year-old. But with Vieira only playing 26 minutes of football for his new team so far this season, Leeds appear to have made a wise choice.

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