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Leeds: Fans should be ‘braced’ for Kalvin Phillips bids

Leeds: Fans should be ‘braced’ for Kalvin Phillips bids - Leeds United News

‘Big bids’ could arrive for Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips after the European Championships, Kevin Phillips has told Football Insider.

The lowdown

Phillips has started all four of England’s games at the tournament so far, helping Gareth Southgate’s side reached the quarterfinals.

On his major tournament debut against Croatia in the group stages, he assisted Raheem Sterling’s winning goal.

He also shone in the Round of 16 victory over Germany, recording 11 ball recoveries – the most by an England player in a Euros match since Tony Adams (13) in 1996 (via Opta).

Phillips, who has three years left on the contract he penned back in 2019, is valued at £27million by Transfermarkt.

The latest

The former Premier League Golden Boot winner warned Leeds that they could have a ‘battle’ on their hands, with clubs surely impressed by Phillips’ performances.

“As much as Leeds fans won’t want to hear this, brace yourselves for a couple of big bids after the Euros,” he said.

“He’s been fantastic and I thought he was outstanding against Germany.

“Leeds will face a battle to keep him if some of the big clubs come in for him”

The verdict

Leeds fans should indeed be worried, because Phillips ticks the boxes for a side like Manchester United, who are in need of a high-calibre signing in the middle of the park.

He’s defensively solid – with 2.6 tackles and 1.6 interceptions per game last season – and also has a magnificent passing range, as demonstrated by 4.7 accurate long balls per 90 (via WhoScored).

And, importantly for the top sides, he’s also building his experience on the biggest stages.

You’d expect Leeds to do absolutely everything in their power to keep him, but it certainly wouldn’t be a surprise if bids start flying in when he returns from England duty.

In other news, Leeds have taken a significant step towards a midfield signing.


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