With Bournemouth pretty much not playing for anything, plans for the summer already seem to be in the works.
Football Insider reports the Cherries are plotting a swoop for Leeds United pair Kalvin Phillips and Jack Clarke, and it is not hard to see why — especially when it comes to the former.
All things considered, the 23-year-old looks a perfect fit for this Bournemouth squad.
This season, Phillips has been used as a defensive midfielder and central defender under Marcelo Bielsa after a campaign where he played further forward.
Looking at the various systems Eddie Howe has employed at the Vitality Stadium, Phillips’ versatility could end up going a long way for the Bournemouth boss.
Since guiding the Cherries to the Premier League, Howe has often alternated between using a four-man defence and five-man one, systems that the signing of Phillips alone could improve drastically.
The Leeds academy graduate has the necessary tackling ability to add some steel at the back and the passing skill to orchestrate in midfield, giving Howe the chance to continue being tactically flexible and perhaps produce even better results by doing so.
If Phillips can reproduce the sort of form he has been showing at Elland Road this season at the Vitality, then Howe could go on to do just that.
Getting Phillips out of Leeds will be difficult, however, especially if they end up winning promotion to the Premier League.
But looking at his versatility and skill set, he is still undoubtedly a player Howe and Bournemouth should be targeting in the summer.
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