Opinion: Leeds should sell Kalvin Phillips if Bielsa leaves

Marcelo Bielsa and Kalvin Phillips are undoubtedly two of the most important men at Leeds United.

Speculation has been rife about the future of both, with Roma, Celta Vigo and Girona all eyeing up the manager, and Norwich, Newcastle and Bournemouth reportedly sniffing around Phillips.

Undoubtedly, Leeds should be doing all they can to keep both men at the club, but perhaps it would be better for both of them to depart rather than just one of them.

If the Argentine is to leave the Whites this summer, then Victor Orta and Andrea Radrizzani should move Phillips along as well.

The 63-year-old has been the driving factor behind his excellent form this season that have seen him have a £12 million price tag slapped on his head.

The midfielder flourished in the 4-1-4-1 formation the Yorkshire outfit deployed during 2018/19, and if Bielsa’s influence is removed then his performances will certainly suffer for it.

For all the promise the Leeds man has shown this year, the board mustn’t forget the standard he was playing at before the new manager arrived.

Prior to the Bielsa era, Phillips was a decidedly average Championship midfielder who rarely stood out in a United side that floundered around mid-table season after season.

It may be harsh, but the likelihood is that he will revert back to being that player if he is coached by anyone other than the current boss.

The former Marseille gaffer even said that his team wouldn’t be able to replicate the level of performance they have produced this term.

“Remember what I am going to say right now because you will be able to verify it: you won’t have one single player of our team who would reproduce the same performance, being that constant, in another season because we have been very demanding with them and they gave everything,” he said.

It’s hard to say that those comments aren’t at least partly aimed at Phillips. He is the player who has seen the most marked improvement since the change in management, playing at a level nobody had ever seen him produce before.

The 23-year-old’s stock may be the highest it will ever be right now, and if Bielsa goes Leeds should cash in on that before his performance levels drop and his value decreases.