Leeds United fans already knew that this season’s summer transfer window was going to be a ‘difficult’ one for the club to navigate – club owner Andrea Radrizzani told them that much.

However, the following news from Telegraph writer John Percy could very well upgrade it beyond a window of ‘difficulty’.

The importance of Kalvin Phillips to Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United side cannot be underestimated. He’d had a difficult campaign under Thomas Christiansen and Paul Heckingbottom in 2017/18,  but was rescued by Marcelo Bielsa with many fans wanting him kicked to the side and replaced.

However, what Bielsa has done with the Leeds-born 23-year-old is nothing short of stunning. Like Jesus curing Lazarus, Bielsa has brought him forth as a ball-playing defensive midfielder. He’s that vital tumbler for Bielsa at the base of his midfield and that lock in front of the defensive backline.

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Of all the players brought on by Bielsa in his one season in charge, the change in Kalvin Phillips is likely the most startling. He’s changed, nay improved, him to such a degree that transfer interest was bound to come at some point this summer.

There was mooted interest from certain sources about ‘Premier League interest’ but that has been firmed up somewhat by John Percy’s news, above. It is news that, whilst possibly expected, has definitely gotten Leeds United fans buzzing over Twitter.

With Phillips being so integral to the side and style of play that Bielsa has instilled at Elland Road, then you’d expect this level of commentary on Twitter. Here’s what some of them are saying about this breaking news.

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