Former Leeds United manager and player Simon Grayson has shared his belief that Kalvin Phillips will leave the West Yorkshire club if they are not promoted this season.
Leeds are currently top of the Championship but the season has been suspended because of the current global health crisis.
Leeds fans are obviously hopeful that, regardless of whether the season restarts, the Whites will be promoted to the Premier League.
However, there is the very real potential for the season to be declared null and void or, indeed, Leeds could fall short if the season does get underway, with the likes of Fulham, Nottingham Forest, and Brentford also gunning for automatic promotion.
Grayson, who started his career at Leeds and was manager at Elland Road for four years, has been speaking to the Daily Star, where he made his belief clear on what would happen to Phillips should Leeds fail to get promoted.
“He’s a fantastic midfielder and it’s quite simple. If Leeds don’t get promoted then he’ll be sold..
“If they go up, then he stays. He’s got the qualities to play for a top-six team. He’s good on the ball and likes a tackle, but he’s still mobile and can get up and down the pitch.
“We’ve seen players go from the Championship to the Premier League and thrive. He could be one of those that just grasps the opportunity.”
Leeds fans are certainly not in any doubt about this fact. Phillips is on the cusp of the England team and has been performing at Premier League levels for 18 months now.
Previous reports have suggested plenty of Premier League teams as having an interest in Phillips, who was valued at £30 million by Leeds last summer (as reported by The Sun).
But Leeds fans will be hoping the only way Phillips ends up playing in the top-flight next season is in a Leeds kit.