Transfer Focus: New Bielsa deal seemingly not enough to convince Phillips to stay

According to reports in the Daily Mail, Aston Villa are the latest Premier League team to show an interest in Kalvin Phillips.

Norwich, Bournemouth and Newcastle are also apparently sniffing around the 23-year-old, and it seems almost inevitable that the Whites’ star man will be playing in the top flight next season.

Too good

Phillips’ performances over the past 12 months have shown that he has outgrown the Championship.

The midfielder has become one of the most valuable players in the division after the arrival of Marcelo Bielsa allowed him to show off his best attributes.

The destructive work he has done in the United midfield this season has shown his potential suitors precisely what he is capable of when he is deployed correctly, and his talents look like they would easily translate over to the Premier League.

Aged just 23 Phillips has a long career ahead of him, and if he wants to fulfil his aspirations of winning silverware and getting England caps, he has to move away from Elland Road.

Can’t keep him

Despite the fact he is a local lad and has played for the club for many years it seems impossible for United to keep hold of the midfielder.

Even though Bielsa has now signed his new deal, the rumours of Phillips’ departure haven’t subsided, and it seems just a matter of time before he leaves.

Although he has played his best football under the Argentine another season at Elland Road doesn’t come close to matching the allure that the Premier League has.

More money, chances at silverware and the potential to play international football is just too much of a pull for any young player, and unless the Yorkshire club get to the top flight soon, they will continue to see their best prospects poached by top-flight clubs.