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Leeds have a true Kalvin Phillips heir in Darko Gyabi

Leeds United said goodbye to a club icon in Kalvin Phillips during the summer transfer window and, in the other direction, Manchester City sent Darko Gyabi, who joined the west Yorkshire outfit for around £5m.

Marc Roca (Bayern Munich) and Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig) also joined the club on permanent deals, which helped bolster Jesse Marsch’s engine room following the loss of such an integral figure.

But it’s actually the England U18 international that could hold the keys to replacing Phillips’ influence in the long run.

Despite the Premier League champions letting him go for such a low figure, he was very highly rated around the Etihad Campus.

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The Manchester giants haven’t been afraid to give up their young talents if necessary as Gyabi follows in the footsteps of players such as Jadon Sancho, Brahim Diaz and Kelechi Iheanacho.

After all, the 18-year-old gem is more likely to break through into Leeds’ first team than he is under Pep Guardiola.

MEN journalist Simon Bajkowski described Gyabi as a ‘defensive midfielder that oozes class on the ball while also having impressive physicality for his age and a superb engine to support attack as well as defence’ in one article profiling his talents.

Meanwhile, professional football coach Harry Brooks dubbed the starlet a “wonderful talent” on Twitter, where he added:

“He will have made his Premier League debut by the end of the season, I have zero doubts. If you’re building an ideal number 8 in a lab, you’d come up with something like him.”

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The London-born teen is yet to make his senior debut for Leeds but did feature on the bench in their Premier League opener against Wolverhampton Wanderers, which is perhaps a sign of things to come.

He has, however, been lighting it up for the U23 squad already, having scored and assisted from a defensive midfield role in a 5-1 win over Nottingham Forest – his fourth appearance for the team in the Premier League 2 competition.

As such, Gyabi could well be the man that both Marsch and Leeds need to fill that massive void left behind by Phillips, so you can forget Roca or even Adams. It could be a very bright future for the former City gem at Elland Road.

AND in other news, Elland Road favourite: Orta has struck gold at Leeds with “relentless” £25m “machine”

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