Kalvin Phillips has long since been a talking point at Leeds United. He came into the first-team and was always behind the likes of Sam Byram, Lewis Cook, Alex Mowatt and Charlie Taylor who all shared the spotlight. All four left, and Phillips is taking his turn, but in much more emphatic fashion.
Phillips has been a key part of Marcelo Bielsa’s team that now sits in the automatic promotion places heading towards Christmas. Leeds fans will tell you there is nothing to get excited about yet, history will tell you it can all go very pear-shaped very quickly at Elland Road and normally does when the fans start dreaming of success. Kalvin Phillips will be at Leeds either way come the end of the season, unless a huge Premier League bid arrives that Leeds United wouldn’t turn down, another regular occurrence for Leeds United fans.
Interest in Phillips is said to be there, West Bromwich Albion keen on taking him to the Hawthorns, but of all the surprising stories surrounding Leeds players this has to be up there. Phillips is playing under one of the most famous coaches on the planet and is looking down at West Brom in the table, a club who are rebuilding but no quicker than Leeds United are just building. Leaving for a rival Championship club simply wouldn’t happen, and even at that West Brom don’t have that sort of money to blow in January.
Young English players that are available to buy are rare, ones that are catching the eye of Premier League clubs anyway. Harvey Barnes is a prime example for West Brom fans to ponder over. He could only be signed on loan and if West Brom were to enquire about buying him you’re talking over £10 million, and Leeds United will be thinking Kalvin Phillips, a defensive midfielder who can now operate at centre-back and has started every game in league and cup this season is worth a hefty figure. This deal is very, very unlikely.