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Manchester City Eyeing A Move For This English Midfielder: What Will He Add To Pep’s Side?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent tweet, journalist Rudy Galetti stated that Manchester City are eyeing a move for Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips. It has been mentioned that Man City are considering a move for the English midfield ace at the end of this season.

Phillips’ Difficult Campaign In West Yorkshire

Phillips has endured a tough and grueling season at Elland Road as he has struggled to help his team get a run of favourable results on the pitch. The 26-year-old has scored one goal and picked up one assist in 20 matches this season in all competitions after being sidelined for a lot of crucial games due to a hamstring injury.

Still, the Leeds-born talent deserves some credit for averaging 2.7 tackles, 1.1 interceptions and 0.8 clearances per 90 minutes in Premier League football. He has even distributed the ball well from midfield, as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 82.3% in the top tier of English football (stats via whoscored).

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LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 08: Kalvin Phillips of Leeds United warms up wearing a t-shirt in support of Stuart Dallas (not pictured) after an injury prior to the Premier League match between Arsenal and Leeds United at Emirates Stadium on May 08, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
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What Will Phillips Add To Manchester City Boss Pep Guardiola’s Team?

Phillips loves a tackle in midfield and can read the danger quickly to secure possession back for his side. He doesn’t mind putting his foot through the ball when required and usually takes care of possession well at the centre of the park. Phillips has mostly played as a defensive midfielder but can even operate as a centre-back if needed.

However, the England international has struggled to influence the game in the final third this season. Still, the pros outweigh the cons of recruiting a player of Phillips’ skillset as long as the player can overcome his recent injury concerns. Hence, Man City will do well to acquire his services when the transfer window reopens later this summer.

The Leeds star will add plenty of bite and steel to Pep Guardiola‘s midfield department and increase competition for places within his match-day squad. At 26, Phillips is about to embark upon the prime years of his career which makes him a good option for the Mancunian giants to pursue later this year.

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