It has been a fantastic year for Kalvin Phillips at Leeds United, hasn’t it?
Under the guidance of Marcelo Bielsa, the 23-year-old produced a number of outstanding displays for the Whites during the 2018/19 campaign as he helped the club secure a third-place finish in the Championship.
Although Phillips ended up being powerless to stop Leeds’ capitulation in their play-off semi-final second leg earlier this month, he clearly has all the ingredients needed to become a modern-day hero at Elland Road.
However, with the Whites now facing yet another season in the second tier, it is not guaranteed that the midfielder will still be at the club in August.
According to Football Insider, Aston Villa and Derby County are both interested in signing Phillips who has two years remaining on his existing deal at Leeds.
Whereas a move to the Rams would be seen by many as a sideways move for the £6.3m-rated ace (via Transfermarkt), the Lions could be more of an attractive proposition following their play-off final victory yesterday.
Having demonstrated a superb level of consistency in the second tier over the past 10 months, there is no reason why Phillips cannot thrive in the Premier League next year and so Leeds may find themselves having to make an extremely tough decision this summer.
Although replacing the midfielder would be hard for the Whites, it could be argued that by cashing in on him, they may just have a better chance of achieving promotion to the top-flight.
Given his undoubted qualities, Phillips would attract a hefty fee if he is made available for transfer by Leeds which could be re-invested into the squad by Bielsa.
However, any possible sale may be dependent on whether chairman Andrea Radrizzani decides to sell his controlling share in the Whites to Qatari businessman Nasser Al-Khelaifi.
What do you think Leeds fans? Can your club keep hold of Phillips this summer? Or would it be more beneficial in the long term to sell the midfielder when the transfer window opens in July? Get in touch below.
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