This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Aston Villa are set of offer Leeds United their pick of three players in their final attempt to sign midfielder Kalvin Phillips, according to teamTALK.
The 23-year-old was a key player for Leeds last season, as the Whites just missed out on promotion from the Championship.
Villa have reportedly already seen a bid of £11million for the defensive midfielder rejected by Leeds, with the Whites valuing him at around £30million.
However, Villa are now prepared to offer Leeds the pick of three of their players as part of the deal in an attempt to persuade them to sell – Conor Hourihane, Henri Lansbury and James Bree.
Phillips has two years remaining on his contract at Elland Road and is currently in talks with Leeds over an improved deal.
So, is this a good deal for Leeds and should the Whites consider accepting this offer? We discuss…
“I’d be accepting this offer right away if the report is believed to be true.
“Hourihane is a better option to have in midfield than Phillips in my opinion, as he offers more going forward.
“Lansbury has struggled with injuries in recent years, so it would always be a risk if they were to sign him.
“But if he can recapture his best form, then he’d be a useful player to rely on for Bielsa’s side, providing the Leeds boss can get the best out of him.
“Bree wouldn’t be in the starting XI ahead of Luke Ayling, but is a useful option to have in the squad on a rotational basis.
“Phillips was key to Leeds’ impressive showings last season, and the club evidently rate him highly if their £30m asking price is true.”
“It’s a bold play.
“Hourihane, Lansbury and Bree are all decent players and could give Leeds an extra bit of quality in their quest to get out of the Championship.
“Collectively, they offer more than Phillips of course but none are really as good – with Bree perhaps unfair to bracket in that given his different role on the pitch.
“All three will want to prove a point if they do end up leaving Villa whilst I’d actually be very surprised to see Hourihane leave the club with him just signing a new deal.
“Villa are clearly keen on Phillips, though, so it remains to see how far they go in trying to do a deal.”
“I understand the thinking from Villa but I can’t see Leeds accepting this deal and I don’t think they should.
“Hourihane is the only player who would improve the Leeds first-team and given Phillips’ importance to the side he is not worth letting go for squad players.
“Phillips would be a very difficult man to replace and there is no one else at Elland Road who can play the defensive midfield role to the same level.
“The only way I can see Villa acquiring the 23-year-old is by offering them a fee they can’t refuse.”