Former Leeds boss anticipates Phillips ultimatum

17 May 2020 23:01:34 GMTPlus10

Former Leeds United manager Simon Grayson has warned the club may have to sell star midfielder Kalvin Phillips if they do not gain promotion to the Premier League.

The Whites have excelled under the stewardship of Marcelo Bielsa and, after missing out in the playoffs last season, sit top of the Championship this term, seven points clear of Fulham in third and one point ahead of second-placed West Brom.

Defensive midfielder Phillips has been an integral part of the side, amassing 29 league appearances this campaign, and the 24-year-old has played 173 games in all competitions for the Yorkshire outfit since making his first-team debut in 2014.

He's got the qualities to play for a top-six team.

Simon Grayson

His performances have attracted the attention of elite clubs, with Liverpool and Tottenham reportedly interested.

Former Sunderland, Bradford City and Blackpool boss Grayson managed Leeds between 2008 and 2012, helping the club gain automatic promotion to the Championship during his tenure.

The 50-year-old has suggested that if the Whites do not go up this season, starlet Phillips may well want to leave.

"He's a fantastic midfielder and it's quite simple. If Leeds don't get promoted then he'll be sold," he told the Daily Star.

"If they go up, then he stays. He's got the qualities to play for a top-six team. He's good on the ball and likes a tackle, but he's still mobile and can get up and down the pitch.

"We've seen players go from the Championship to the Premier League and thrive. He could be one of those that just grasps the opportunity."

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