Whenever any player at any club is linked to another side, there’s often a raising of objection. To some degree this is obviously expected.

The objections are raised more vocally, and sustained longer, whenever that player is a crowd favourite or is performing well. In a way, the latter often leads to players becoming not only victims of their own success but also leading to interest from others.

That is what has happened to Kalvin Phillips at Leeds United, according to Sun reporter Alan Nixon on Twitter (below). Under the tutelage of Marcelo Bielsa, Phillips has been somewhat turned from a jobbing midfielder with undoubted potential into the Whites version of Claude Makelele.

Nixon is bang on the button, Phillips has been “excellent” this season. The headline figures of goals may not be there, he’s yet to score, but the whole other side of his game is emerging. When looked at holistically, it is clear to see just why West Brom, and by extension other sides, would be interested in acquiring his services.

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However, and Nixon is spot-on again, even a “huge cheque” is not likely to budge Leeds United’s resolve to keep hold of a player that Bielsa sees as integral to the game that he is coaxing the Whites to play.

As expected, Leeds United fans have responded to this ‘news’; here’s what some of them think.

The images that this final response creates. I just can’t get it outta my head…

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Cynicism turned to optimism but without the woop woops and ringing bells. Leeds United supporter through thick and thin, more thin than anything recently. Write mainly about the Whites but turn my hand to other clubs. Lover of salted crisp sandwiches. Not a hipster.