Journalist Alex Crook has claimed that Kalvin Phillips leaving in the summer might not necessarily be a bad thing for Leeds United.
There have been recent reports stating that Leeds could lose their star midfielder in the summer transfer window, with Premier League champions Manchester City keen on bringing him to the Etihad Stadium.
Leeds really struggled last season as they only managed to escape relegation to the Championship on the final day when they beat Brentford and Burnley lost to Newcastle United. Phillips missed large chunks of the season due to injury, but he was able to return for the final few games to help his side remain in the top flight.
With the reported interest from Manchester City for Phillips, Crook claimed to GiveMeSport that it might not be a bad thing if Leeds were to sell the England international due to the amount of money they could receive for him.
He said: “I think there is, behind the scenes, a sort of resignation that Kalvin Phillips will probably leave this summer, and actually, it might not be a bad thing for Leeds, because it will give them a lot of money, then, to be able to revamp the squad and sign the players Jesse Marsch wants.”
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TIF Thoughts on Crook’s comments…
Jesse Marsch is currently enduring his first transfer window as Leeds United manager and has already signed Brenden Aaronson and Rasmus Kristensen from RB Salzburg, having previously worked with both players, so it is clear the approach that the American is going to take when recruiting new players will be a tried and tested one.
Although it will be disappointing for Leeds if they do lose Phillips, the fee is reportedly expected to be around the £60m mark, so Marsch will be able to get more players who suit his style of play with this money, which will hopefully mean that they have a more successful season next term despite the inevitable void Phillips will leave.