Leeds fans, please don’t have a go at us for this before we have a chance to give you our reasoning on why Kalvin Phillips should be allowed to leave, just hold out before taking to the comments section, as you may be surprised to see taking £30m for Phillips would be excellent business.
The young midfield man has proven to be one of the best players in the Championship under Marcelo Bielsa in the last 12 months, and there is absolutely no doubting that if he is to leave he would command a huge transfer fee. That’s where this story from The Sun comes in, as Alan Nixon has claimed Leeds are standing firm and demanding £30m as Aston Villa are after the 23-year-old defensive midfielder.
We all know that £30 million looks huge on the face of things, but considering that Phillips is young and English it shouldn’t be too big of a shock, even if it is a slap in the face to Dean Smith, who is also being priced out of moves for Jack Butland and Tyrone Mings, according to the same story in The Sun.
We’re still in the early stages of the summer, though, and whilst the money involved won’t change, Aston Villa’s stance will almost certainly have to as we get deeper into the window. As desperation may set in, it would be no shock to see them fork out the money for the Leeds man, and if that happens then Bielsa will have plenty of cash to splash himself at Elland Road.
Panic buying, we’ve seen it so many times.
The midfield at the Yorkshire club have been mightily impressive, and allowing Phillips to leave may dent that midfield, but if it means they can bring in a striker capable of staying fit and putting away the incredible amount of chances that the Bielsa machine creates, then it would be a small price to pay to lose Phillips.
The stats speak for themselves, according to WhoScored, the Whites averaged more possession (59.5%) and more shots per game (17.2) than any other Championship side last season, yet when it came to goals they came 5th, scoring less than Norwich, Aston Villa, West Brom and Sheffield United. With that in mind, it would surely make sense to reinvest the Phillips money into a goalscorer.
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