Leeds’ Angus Kinnear discloses what it would have taken to replace Kalvin Phillips

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Speaking to the Talking Shutt Podcast this week, Managing Director of Leeds Angus Kinnear has given his thoughts on Kalvin Phillips, detailing what fee it might have taken to replace the midfielder if he left.

What’s he said?

Kalvin Phillips’ potential future away from Elland Road was well documented over the summer.

The Whites had £14m interest from Aston Villa for the 23-year-old while Wolves and Bournemouth were also in the running for his signature.

However, he didn’t actually move away and instead, put pen to paper on a brand new contract worth a reported £40k a week.

There was a strong chance he could leave but if he had done, what would it have taken to replace him? Appearing on episode 71 of the Talking Shutt Podcast, Kinnear had the answer. He said:

“If we get £20m for Kalvin, what does it take to replace him? We thought the answer was £30m. That’s the reality.”

Nigh on impossible to replace

The difficulty for Leeds this season would have been even finding someone to replace him, let alone convincing a £30m player to walk through the door and join a Championship side. That probably suggests why they turned down an offer of £27m including add-ons for his services.

Phillips has completed the most tackles per game in the Championship of anyone this season – a staggering rate of 4.6 each outing.

On top of that, the academy graduate only commits 1.3 fouls every match which is considerably less than the next best tackler in the division, Kevin Stewart. He’s made 4.1 tackles but a huge 3.1 fouls every match, per WhoScored.

That emphasises the fantastic job Phillips is doing and why it would have been so hard to go out and find a like-for-like substitute in the window.

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The same podcast also discussed at length why they thought the holding player was essentially Premier League ready, thus giving weight to Kinnear’s comments.

The inflated state of the market dictates that players leave for higher sums of money so the reality of the situation is that Leeds would have found life difficult in finding someone to make up for his absence.

Fortunately for the west Yorkshire club, he’s stuck around and could do for the foreseeable future if they achieve promotion.

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