Former Sunderland hero Kevin Phillips believes that Fulham midfielder Harrison Reed would be an ideal addition at Leeds United ahead of next season.
The Lowdown: Leeds linked with Reed move
Reed was unable to keep Fulham in the Premier League, with Scott Parker’s side now facing up to life back in the Championship.
The 26-year-old has been linked with a summer move to Leeds, however, with Marcelo Bielsa potentially seeing him as a shrewd addition.
Reed featured in 31 league games last season, and while Fulham struggled hugely, he often stood out for them, enjoying an 86.2 per cent pass completion rate.
The Latest: Phillips keen on signing
Speaking to Football Insider, Phillips spoke glowingly about the Englishman, saying he could provide good cover for Kalvin Phillips:
“I think he’d be a great signing. It’s an area that you do need cover and competition.
“Kalvin’s going to come back having been to the Euros as an experienced player after doing very, very well in the Premier League as well.
“But you want someone pushing him and challenging and Reed can certainly do that. So yeah, I think it would be cover for him to do exactly that.
“You know that Phillips is going to play week in, week out if he doesn’t get injured. Reed is a player who has shown that he’s got all the right qualities.”
The Verdict: Sensible addition for Whites
There have been times when Phillips has arguably been relied upon too much in Leeds’ midfield, with centre-back Pascal Struijk having to fill in there on occasions.
While he did adequately in that role overall, it is important for a natural midfielder, one in a similar mould to Phillips to come in, improving the squad depth in the process.
Redd could be perfect, in that respect, proving to be a tenacious player in the middle of the park – he averaged two tackles and 1.6 interceptions per game in the league last season – but also possessing quality on the ball.
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