David Prutton has warned Leeds United fans to be wary of losing players, potentially Kalvin Phillips, during the January transfer window.
With around six weeks to go until the transfer window reopens, the Whites are well set and sit third in the Championship–only outside the automatic promotion places on goal difference.
Kiko Casilla was the only addition made to the first-team squad in January, having narrowly missed out on signing winger Dan James, and Marcelo Bielsa’s squad fell short of achieving promotion following a late slump in form.
If a bid of £40m+ came in for Phillips, should Leeds accept it?
Victor Orta revealed recently that the Yorkshire club may have another quiet January transfer window, which may frustrate some fans of the club.
In his column for the Yorkshire Evening Post, Prutton has revealed that there is something else that Leeds supporters need to be concerned about.
He explained: “With Kalvin, he just keeps coming year on year but as much as we look at that and say well done if you are Leeds fan I think you have still got to be wary that we are coming up to January.
“It might again be a position where we look at how well the players have done and where Leeds might need to strengthen but also the vultures come swooping around and if you are a pessimist that’s the way you have got to look at it.
“It’s a case of getting to the other side of January with this squad intact and any additions would be great.”
Phillips was in-demand in the summer as his performances last season reportedly caught the attention of a string of Premier League sides.
It is understood that the Whites rejected multiple bids above £20 million for the defensive midfielder in the summer–the last of which was worth £27 million, including add-ons.
It’s hard to disagree with Prutton on this one. Phillips caught the attention of a string of Premier League clubs in the summer so we could see one of those return for the 23-year-old, while Manchester United have reportedly also emerged as a potential suitor.
Losing him would be an absolutely massive blow to the Whites’ promotion campaign.
You feel with so much relying on promotion this season, the club would do as much as they can to keep the midfielder but if a huge bid came in for Phillips and he wanted to move, it would be interesting to see if they could turn it down.