23-year-old Kalvin Phillips had a breakout season for Leeds United in 2017/18, scoring seven goals and adding three assists. Yet, that wasn’t good enough for some Leeds United fans.
These fans were calling for him to be dropped, sold, pushed aside for whatever spurious reasons that they had concocted/piggybacked onto. Around that time, with Leeds United succumbing to the seemingly annual bout of LAFA (Leeds Are Falling Apart) Syndrome, the Whites social media was turning blue.
For some of these fans, a shiny button and the price of a cab, or a shared ride on a pushbike, would have taken him away from Elland Road. Yet, the Leeds-born lad is still there and has blossomed into a £30million-rated defensive midfielder after switching from his once customary central midfield role.
Thanks for that switch and the subsequent emergence of Kalvin Phillips as a key cog in the Leeds United team goes to Marcelo Bielsa and his arrival last season. Yet, with his promotion to £30million-ranked midfielder comes a raft of expectation. One of those expectations and the main one at that comes from Phillips himself in that £30million-rated players deserve a commensurate level of wage.
Talks were broached during the summer, but Phillips and his advisors knocked back Leeds’ opening gambit. Now Football Insider writers Wayne Veysey and Pete O’Rourke say that a further round of talks is imminent between the club and Phillips. It is going to be a round of talks where the Leeds United midfield star sets out his expectations very clearly they say.
Quoting a “Leeds source”, Football Insider say that Phillips “wants a package that will lift him to the same salary level as Kiko Casilla and Patrick Bamford.” That ‘level’ of earnings is said to be in the region of £40,000-per-week. It’s a huge amount for the Championship, yet many will tell you that it is a small amount compared to the importance that Phillips has to Bielsa’s side and style of play.
In further details they say that Phillips is looking to secure his future to the tune of a five-year deal, meaning that his earnings for the duration of that five years would be in excess of £10million.