Having seen Pontus Jansson and Mallik Wilks leave the club in recent days, Leeds United are currently facing a fight to prevent midfielder Kalvin Phillips from also making his exit from Elland Road.
Linked with Premier League side Aston Villa earlier on in the transfer window (via the Telegraph), the midfielder’s future with the Whites could hinge on whether he agrees to sign a new deal with the club.
Although Football Insider recently reported that initial talks between Leeds and Phillips were unsuccessful, respected journalist Phil Hay has suggested otherwise on Twitter with the Yorkshire-based outfit set to make the 23-year-old one of their highest earners.
Currently contracted until 2021, Phillips was a mainstay in the Whites’ starting eleven last season, making 46 appearances in all competitions (Transfermarkt) as his side narrowly missed out on promotion to the top-flight despite being favoured for promotion by www.Stoixima24.net.
Unquestionably one of Leeds’ star performers during the previous campaign, the fact that only four players achieved a higher average WhoScored rating than Phillips (6.98) illustrates his importance to Marcelo Bielsa’s side and thus losing him this summer would be a huge blow.
Furthermore, during the Argentine’s reign, the club have won 61.9% of their games with the Thorp Arch academy graduate in their starting line-up compared to a success ratio of 20% in his absence.
Having made the defensive midfield position his own over the past year, there is no guarantee that the Whites will be able to secure an adequate replacement for him if he does move on to pastures new, especially when you consider that there is less than a month left of the transfer window.
Considering that the Whites reportedly cooled their interest in fellow anchor-man Massimo Luongo on Monday (via London Football News), it seems as if they are hell-bent on doing all they can to extend Phillips’ stay at Elland Road.
If the Whites can agree new terms with the midfielder, another push for promotion next season may not be entirely out of the question.
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