Kalvin Phillips is looking increasingly likely to commit his future to Leeds United, with reports from Football Insider claiming that the Whites are tabling a four-year deal worth £8m.
Leeds have made a big effort this summer to underline Phillips’ importance, and his new deal will put him on parity with the club’s top earners around £40k-a-week.
So, will Phillips be worth his new multi-million pound deal?
“I would say this is sensible.
“Phillips has clearly become the club’s most important player, or at least joint with Hernandez, so he deserves to be paid as much or more than anyone else in the club.
“I am sure lessons will have been learnt from the Roofe saga. Offered wages can tarnish a relationship between a club and the player if they are too low, so why take that risk again?
“So, with Phillips seemingly more than happy to stay with Leeds, I would be very surprised if he does not sign this deal.”
“Phillips is so, so important to this current Leeds United regime and his wages deserve to reflect that.
“£40k-a-week is the standard for an influential Championship player, and it should also fend off any Premier League interest that emerges in the January transfer window.
“£8m over the four years might make some jaws hit the floor, but if you watch Leeds you begin to realise how popular and important Phillips is to the club.
“It’s hard work and determination that has got Phillips to where he is now, so in my eyes, this is totally deserved.”
“I think this is probably a fair move.
“Earlier in the summer it was claimed that the midfielder wanted to be a similar £30,000-a-week to the clubs highest earners such as Patrick Bamford and Kiko Casilla, and this deal would see him into just that position.
“Given his clear importance to Leeds over the past year or so, I can understand why he wants to up there as one of the most valuable players at the club, particularly given the riches that could soon be available to him with the interest from the Premier League.
“Considering just how valuable he looks to be to the club, it does make sense for them to look to meet those demands in order to help ward off that Premier League interest, particularly if Phillips does repay them by helping to finally end that long wait for a return to the top flight for Leeds themselves this season.”