Kalvin Phillips’ future at Leeds United is hanging in the balance amid speculation over his future, according to former England striker Gabriel Agbonlahor.
The Lowdown: Phillips’ future up in the air
The 25-year-old has become one of the most impressive midfielders in the country, not only shining for Leeds but also becoming a key man for England, being hailed as ‘outstanding’ by Alex McLeish for his performance in a Three Lions shirt.
Constant rumours have linked Phillips with a summer move away from Elland Road, however, with some of the country’s biggest teams eyeing him up.
The midfielder’s current Leeds deal expires in the summer of 2024 and there is little sign of him extending his stay at the club.
The Latest: Pundit makes worrying claim
Speaking to Football Insider, Agbonlahor is adamant that Phillips won’t sign a new contract, further suggesting that his long-term future could lie away from the Whites:
“Someone like Phillips should only not play if he’s injured or he’s tired. Otherwise, he plays every minute.
“Somethings not right and they have to get it right. There’s no chance of him signing a new contract at the moment.”
The Verdict: Coming to the end?
Phillips hasn’t quite managed to get going this season, with injuries hampering him a little and his form not quite as dominant as it was last term.
He averaged 2.6 tackles and 1.6 interceptions per game in the Premier League last season, for example, whereas his tally is 2.3 and 1.2 this time around, respectively – hardly a drastic difference, but a drop-off nonetheless.
It does feel as though Phillips’ Leeds career may be reaching a natural conclusion, with a move to a Champions League-playing club potentially taking place in the summer, as he looks to test himself at an even higher level and land the Whites a hefty profit in the process.
In other news, Leeds are reportedly closing in on a move for one player. Find out who it is here.
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