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Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa looks like he will have a real fight on his hands if he wants to retain the services of midfielder Kalvin Phillips, with Spurs the latest club to express an interest, according to a report by Football Insider.
Phillips, 24, has been attracting interest from a host of major clubs around Europe including Manchester United and the Whites may struggle to hold onto their man, especially if they fail to gain promotion to the Premier League.
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“It’s hard to see Leeds United keeping hold of Kalvin Phillips if they don’t go up.
“The midfielder has been a massive player for Marcelo Bielsa’s side this term and has undoubtedly proven himself as one of the best players in the second tier.
“That means that if the Whites don’t go up then he’s almost certain to move on.
“Phillips deserves an opportunity to better himself at a higher level, and given the significant interest there’s unlikely to be a shortage of potential takers for him.
“Of course staying at Leeds United will be his first choice solution, but if they’re not in the Premier League it will be very difficult to convince him to stay.
“Whether Phillips is ready to play for a side such as Tottenham remains to be seen, but I could certainly see him playing a key role for a bottom half top flight side.”
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“Absolutely, this will be the midfielder’s last season in the Championship; he’s outgrowing the division at a rapid rate and will find himself at the top table of English football next season.
“That could well be with Leeds if they win promotion, but if they don’t, I can see him ending up somewhere established. It might not be Spurs, but it certainly won’t be with a club flirting with relegation, he’s better than that.
“Between now and the end of the season he’s got a big chance to show how he can influence important games and release pressure; he’s done that well in the last two games, but harder tasks will come.
“If he can prove consistent ability to do that, Phillips will find the sky as the limit. He’s that good.”
“Kalvin Phillips has proven this season and last that he more than deserves to be in the Premier League and it won’t be long before he’s playing there.
“While Leeds are on course to clinch automatic promotion, there is no doubt that if they weren’t to go up again this season, Phillips will leave.
“A move to Spurs could well work in his favour with the inconsistency shown by their current holding midfielders Eric Dier and Harry Winks.
“The last two games following his return from suspension are huge proof of his talent and how he is more than capable of playing in the Premier League, along with the top drawer performance at the Emirates against Arsenal.”