Leeds United managed to get Kalvin Phillips on a new contract, at last, earlier this month and that should offer some layer of security with the midfielder.
A player whose stock has risen a great deal under Marcelo Bielsa, he’s one of the best players in the country outside the top flight and one way or another you can see him becoming a Premier League footballer before too long.
Indeed, for EFL pundit Dean Ashton, the midfielder will surely leave Leeds in the summer window next year if they are not promoted by the end of the season.
Speaking to Football League World exclusively, the former striker explained:
“All it means is that Leeds will get a bit more for him if he does leave because he has that longer-term on his deal now. He’ll probably end up getting more money personally too.
“But I genuinely think that he wants to stay and he wants to get them promoted; I don’t think there’s any doubt about that but there’s a lot of Premier League clubs looking at him.
“You do wonder if they don’t go up this season, though, will he be on his way? Because I would be absolutely astonished if he didn’t move if they didn’t go up next summer.”
Certainly, it is hard to see Phillips at the club past the end of this season if Leeds do remain a Championship club for 2020/21.
A midfielder that has great quality on the ball, is tough in the challenge and has a fantastic engine, he’s a fine all-rounder in the middle of the park and one that belongs at the top table.
Leeds will hope that they are the ones to ensure he draws up a seat.