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Update On The Future Of This Leeds United Midfielder: Can Marsch Afford To Lose Him?

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In a recent report, The Daily Star offered an update on the future of Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips. It is believed that the Whites owner Andrea Radrizzani is not ready to make an offer to the English midfield ace until June with his current deal set to run out in the summer of 2024.

Phillips’ Tough Campaign In Premier League Football

Phillips is experiencing a long and grueling season at Elland Road as he has struggled to help Leeds find consistency in terms of getting results on the field. The Leeds-born talent has scored one goal and secured one assist in 19 matches for the West Yorkshire club during this campaign across multiple competitions.

The 26-year-old has performed well to average 2.6 tackles, 1.2 interceptions and 0.8 clearances per 90 minutes in the Premier League. He has even been tidy when distributing possession from midfield after making 82% of his attempted passes in the English first division (stats via whoscored).

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Leeds United’s English midfielder Kalvin Phillips controls the ball during the English Premier League football match between Leeds United and Manchester City at Elland Road in Leeds, northern England on April 30, 2022. (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
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Can Leeds United Boss Jesse Marsch Afford To Lose Phillips This Summer?

Phillips loves a tackle at the centre of the park and can time his challenges well to earn the ball back for his team. He doesn’t take too many chances with his clearances on the defensive end of the field. The 19-time England international is primarily a defensive midfielder but can also operate as a centre-back if needed.

A hamstring injury has kept him out of a lot of matches this season which could be why Leeds are still struggling to get themselves out of relegation danger in the Premier League this season.

Phillips has got the ability to become a success story in the English top-flight. Thus, Leeds United simply cannot afford to let him go during this summer transfer window. At 26, the Leeds star will only get better with each year, so the Yorkshire giants would be wise to keep hold of him for the long run.

The Whites‘ head coach Jesse Marsch would be better off building a team around Phillips at the West Yorkshire club in the coming seasons but only if they end up avoiding relegation from the Premier League. Otherwise, Marsch would have no choice but to sell Phillips so that he can rebuild for the future.

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