Manchester City midfielder Kalvin Phillips is now set to stay at the club, according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano.
The Lowdown: Phillips’ City future
Since arriving at Man City for a fee of £45m in the summer transfer window, Phillips has struggled to break into the starting XI, appearing for just one minute in the Premier League, although he was ruled out for 11 games with a shoulder injury.
With Pep Guardiola publicly criticising the midfielder for returning from the World Cup ‘overweight’, reports had linked him with a move to West Ham United, but it now appears as though he will be given a second chance by the manager.
The Latest: Romano’s update
In his exclusive CaughtOffside column, Romano has now claimed that City have no plans to change their current squad in January, so he cannot envisage the Englishman exiting the Etihad Stadium.
The Italian claimed he’s “sure” Guardiola will give Phillips more minutes between now and the end of the season, with a lack of form and injury issues being the cause of a lack of game time so far.
The Verdict: Good news?
It is still early days in the 27-year-old’s Man City career, and he deserves another opportunity to prove himself, now that he appears to have recovered from his shoulder problem.
While it will be hard to displace the likes of Rodri and Ilkay Gundogan in the starting lineup, Phillips no doubt has the talent to do so if he is able to perform how he did for Leeds United and England, being labelled ‘outstanding‘ by journalist Josh Bunting.
The defensive-midfielder has displayed his acumen in one-on-one situations by averaging 3.82 tackles per 90 over the past year, placing him in the 99th percentile compared to his positional peers, and given a consistent run in the team, he could reignite this form with City, and help them in their race for the Premier League title.
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