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Kalvin Phillips swapping Elland Road for Old Trafford may be many Leeds fans’ worst nightmare, but it’s not out of the realms of possibility.
Indeed, the 23-year-old has been linked with a move to Manchester United in recent weeks, and while that may seem like an awful prospect for many supporters of the Yorkshire club, one of their former players believes that this move would be a success for Phillips.
Speaking to Football League World, David Prutton expressed that he thinks Phillips would be a success at Manchester United.
“He might’ve only been a Leeds United player, hypothetically, for couple of seconds, but Daniel James has done extremely well, so why couldn’t two players like that?”
“I can see Kalvin fitting into a midfield such as that very, very nicely.
“Again, it is not beyond the realms of possibility. But, as ever, a boyhood Leeds United fan, who has probably sat on the Kop and watched them against Manchester United, it is a real test of the mettle if they come knocking on the door, but, he’d be daft not to give it some serious thought.”
Unfortunately, it’s hard to disagree with what Prutton is saying here.
Leeds fans may not like to admit it, but Phillips is a player cut-out for the very top level, and the amount of Premier League interest he garnered over the summer just goes to show how good he is.
The saving grace is that he signed a new long-term deal a few months ago, so if he is to leave his boyhood club he’ll command a large fee, especially after Leeds previously wanted £30m for his services.
Some believe that Phillips is the best player in the Championship, something that suggests he could cut it at Premier League level too. But the fact of the matter is that he would be daft to not give it some thought if the Red Devils came knocking. The possibility of playing European football could open a number of doors for him in his career.