Gabriel Agbonlahor made an interesting claim regarding Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips …
What is the talk?
Former Premier League striker Gabriel Agbonlahor has claimed that Liverpool are paying attention to Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips. The ex-Villa attacker has stated that he will be on everyone’s lips and referred to the England international as “Outstanding”.
He told Football Insider:
“It’s not just Liverpool, I think he’ll be on everyone’s radar.
“He’s an outstanding player and was one of England’s outstanding players at the European Championship. Every team in the Premier League and teams in Europe will look to him and definitely try to sign him.
“It will be a bit of a headache for Leeds to keep him because he was phenomenal.
“I’m sure Liverpool are definitely looking at him. But the price will be high to get him out of there. “
Will Phillips leave Leeds?
Bielsa needs him
Victor Orta must avoid making a huge howl this summer by declining any interest in Phillips. He has to make sure the local hero is still at the club in early September as he is a key player for Marcelo Bielsa and should only be sold if he is thrown a ridiculous sum that could then allow the Argentine coach to strengthen his squad .
Only three outfield players averaged higher WhoScored values for Leeds than Phillips in the Premier League last season. Patrick Bamford, Raphinha and Liam Cooper were the only players to improve the midfield score from 7.01 while Phillips also led the midfield tackles and interceptions per game to underscore his dominance in the middle of the park.
This shows how important he is to Bielsa as he is the club’s best defensive midfielder and has proven that he can consistently perform at a high level in the top division. He also proved his worth at the European Championships for England when he started seven times on the way to defeat on penalties against Italy in the Wembley final. The 25-year-old achieved an average WhoScored rating of 6.82, which shows that he can keep up at the highest level.
The £ 35,000-a-week beast is therefore still needed by Bielsa in Leeds and Orta will have to work hard to keep him at the club for the next season. If Leeds have ambitions to push and challenge Europe they need to keep their top players and Phillips’ stats certainly suggest he falls into that category, meaning the sale would be a nightmare for the club.
And given his association with the club, selling it to another Premier League club would absolutely infuriate fans.
AND in other news, getting rid of it: Leeds must finally slash £ 70k-p / w “massive flop” flushing Radrizzani dry …