Leeds United need a replacement for when Kalvin Phillips is unavailable, says former Whites midfielder David Norris.
Phillips was an essential player for Leeds last season, starting 28 games for Marcelo Bielsa’s side in the Premier League.
He is also quickly becoming a very important member of Gareth Southgate’s England team, proving that with his role in Raheem Sterling’s matchwinner against Croatia in the Three Lions’ opening Euro 2020 game.
For Norris, when Phillips is not in Leeds’ team, there is a dip. And the ex-Whites player is now calling for Bielsa to address that by signing some adequate cover.
“When he’s not played, they haven’t done as well,” Norris said in an exclusive interview with FFC. “If he was going to pick up a little bit longer term injury or be a little bit more in and out with potential injuries, a replacement is probably going to be needed.”
The above is certainly something for Bielsa to consider going into the new campaign. Fortunately, Phillips has had a good injury record over the last few years.
The England midfielder was rarely absent during his time in the Championship, making 37 appearances in Leeds’ 2019/20 title-winning season and 44 the campaign prior. It bodes well, though Bielsa can do no harm by signing a back-up.