Following news of Aston Villa preparing a £14m bid for Leeds’ Kalvin Phillips, what consequences could await the club should the deal go through?
News of this has NOT gone down well with the Leeds United faithful NOT gone down well with the Leeds United faithful, not least because that price is widely regarded to be way short of his value, but mainly due to his influence on the first team and the way that they play.
Phillips usually operates as a defensive midfielder, a position where he has excelled under the tutelage of Marcelo Bielsa, playing 44 games last season and scoring one goal, the important last minute equaliser away at Middlesbrough, but has also performed admirably as a stand-in centre back at times under the Argentinian.
The fans believe that losing Philips (23) would be a huge blow, especially with him being a local boy rising from the youth ranks. But losing homegrown talents has become a regular thing with Leeds with the likes of James Milner, Danny Rose, Aaron Lennon, Jonny Howson, Lewis Cook, Sam Byram and Charlie Taylor, to name a few, being sold since their relegation from the Premier League back in 2004.
One thing that may worry the fans, however, is how important Phillips is in Bielsa’s plans and just how much emphasis he may have put on the importance of keeping the player when agreeing to stay with the club for a further 12 months.
On the other side of things the news has been met with excitement by Villa fans, showing love for the Leeds man on social media and urging the club to get the deal done. This has resulted in some mild banter between the two sets of vans.
A look at the replies on the article by midlands journalist John Percy, link below, is quite an enjoyable read…
— John Percy (@JPercyTelegraph) June 12, 2019
There is little doubt that Kalvin Phillips is an influential player for the whites, but just how big a loss would it be should he leave?
Would be interesting to see what Leeds fans think of this.