Tim Thornton has dropped a huge update on the future of Leeds United central midfielder Kalvin Phillips.
In a recent article for Sky Sports, the reporter claimed that, despite continuous links with a big-money move away from Elland Road this summer, the 26-year-old has made it clear that he would like to remain in LS11 heading into 2022/23.
Thornton continues to state that the Whites do not need to sell any players in the summer transfer window and will only sanction the England international’s departure if they believe the deal is right for the club.
While there is obviously a long way to go before the summer transfer window closes on September 1, Thornton’s update concerning Phillips’ desire to remain a part of Jesse Marsch’s squad heading into next season is sure to be news that the Elland Road faithful will love.
Indeed, the £45m-rated midfielder is undoubtedly one of the most talented players currently in the Leeds squad, something the 26-year-old more than he proved over his 29 Premier League appearances in 2020/21.
That term, the £38k-per-week talent was imperious in the middle of the park, scoring one goal, providing two assists and creating five big chances for his teammates, in addition to making an average of 1.2 key passes, taking 0.5 shots and completing 0.7 dribbles per game.
The 19-time capped international also impressed in metrics more typical of his position, making an average of 1.6 interceptions, 2.6 tackles, 1.7 clearances, completing 41.0 passes and winning 5.3 duels – at a success rate of 52% – per fixture.
These metrics saw Phillips earn a quite remarkable SofaScore match rating of 7.21, not only ranking him as Leeds’ best player in the league but also as the ninth-best midfielder in the division as a whole.
As such, with Marsch undoubtedly looking to build a squad ahead of 22/23 that is capable of much more than the Whites’ 17th place finish this season, retaining the services of the deep-lying playmaker would be a huge coup for the American – with Thornton’s latest update appearing to suggest that there is a very real chance of Phillips staying on at Elland Road next term.