Leeds must sign Harrison Reed to be their perfect Kalvin Phillips understudy

Considering Leeds United have won their opening three matches of the 2018/19 campaign you may not think they desperately need any new signings, but they would be eradicating a potential future issue by bringing in Southampton’s Harrison Reed on loan.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the Yorkshire outfit have made an outstanding start to the season under Marcelo Bielsa with two comprehensive Championship wins, as well as advancing through to the second round of the Carabao Cup with a 2-1 win against Bolton Wanderers at Elland Road on Tuesday night.

Despite being something of a divisive figure among supporters last term, midfielder Kalvin Phillips has quickly become a key part of the Argentine boss’ formation and style of play so far sitting just in front of the defence, but the fact that he has started all three matches so far highlights that there is little competition for places in that particular role.

Why should Leeds sign Reed?

While Phillips has stood up to the plate so far, the Championship season – as well as any extra matches in the domestic cup competitions – is known to be a long, hard slog, and given the high-intensity role the 22-year-old has he could easily suffer burnout in the coming weeks and months.

Meanwhile, Reed enjoyed an impressive loan spell at this level with Norwich City last term where he impressed in the middle of the park – and at right-back – for the Canaries, and given he is a high-energy and tenacious player he looks to be someone that would fit in perfectly under Bielsa.

Having failed to make Southampton’s opening day matchday squad for the Premier League clash against Burnley at St Mary’s on Sunday, the 23-year-old may well look for an exit to play regularly, and his quality and versatility mean that he would be an ideal addition for Leeds and Bielsa, who has delighted fans with his plan for a promising academy graduate.