After starring for Leeds United in their first season back in the Premier League with a 7.01 WhoScored rating, Kalvin Phillips has carried that form into the Euros with England which has led to increased speculation over his future.
But former midfielder David Norris admits that bringing in Fulham midfielder Harrison Reed to replace him would not be a good piece of business.
Phillips was the man of the match against Croatia and that saw reports linking him with not just a move away from Leeds, but also from England as Juventus are reportedly interested in bringing him to Turin.
Leeds are reportedly plotting a move for Reed who did impress during Fulham’s relegation season and he is certainly a busy and energetic player as he racked up the second-most pressures for the Cottagers last season, so his energy would certainly be welcomed by Marcelo Bielsa.
Phillips is such an influential player for Leeds and they rely heavily on his ability to disrupt play and spring attacks quickly so to replace him with a player such as Reed would be underwhelming, that’s according to Norris, who spoke exclusively to Football FanCast:
“He’s a good player and I like him a lot so it’ll be interesting to see how he develops over this next 12 months because he could potentially be a good signing.
“I think if Leeds lose Kalvin Phillips at this stage though, then I think it would be underwhelming as a signing.”
Leeds were a much worse side when Phillips was out of the side when he picked up a few niggling injuries winning just two of the nine games he missed so Bielsa will want to bring in a suitable backup who can slot in whenever called upon.
If Bielsa’s side are to be challenging at the right end of the pitch then they must have at least two quality players in each position to ensure that there is the option to rotate and make fresh changes when required during the season.