Date: 8th June 2022 at 12:48pm
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Leeds United narrowly avoided relegation last season, finishing just three points above Burnley due to a last-day victory at Brentford.

Many have attributed these struggles over the season to a terrible injury record, with Kalvin Phillips, in particular, missing 23 games due to various injuries.

His job as the metronome in the heart of the Whites’ midfield is of paramount importance, so his absence was felt considerably hard.

He ranks in the top 2% of his positional peers across Europe for pressures for 90, and boasts 3.67 tackles and 2.37 blocks per 90.

The 26-year-old is integral to the high-intensity way in which Leeds play, and the fact he came through the academy only furthers the affection the fans feel towards him.

His performances have also led to his recent international exploits, in which he has earned high praise for his partnership with Declan Rice. His 19 caps have only furthered his pedigree, experience and his value.

He also recorded a SofaScore rating of 7.2 or over in three of Leeds’ final four league matches, noting how he showed up when it mattered despite only recently having returned from his long-term injury.

It is a combination of these factors that have led to his exponential growth in value. Having been valued at just £225k in 2016, it had risen to £13.5m following Leeds’ promotion back to the top flight in 2020.

Since then, after Leeds’ impressive first season back in the Premier League and a fine performance in Euro 2020, Phillips has most recently grown to £45m-rated.

This rise from 2016 to 2022 notes an astounding 19,900% increase in value over just six years.

Phillips is not short of praise too, with former England boss Fabio Capello waxing lyrical about the midfielder and outlining the differences between him and Italy legend Andrea Pirlo:

“He is a much faster and more aggressive player, of good quality but he is not Andrea’s heir.

“Phillips has really grown a lot and today he is the best modern midfielder I have seen on the pitch”

Meanwhile, former England and FC Twente boss Steve McClaren – now back in the Premier League as an assistant coach at Manchester United – is also a huge fan of Phillips.

“He sits in front of the back four. But the key thing is controllers always used to be protecting, destroying and a simple passer. He’s different. He’s a screener and a destroyer, but he intercepts in front of the back four and he plays forward,” he told Sky Sports News (via LeedsLive).

Linked with a move away from the club, it is clear what an impact his absence had on the Yorkshire outfit last season just through his injuries.

Marsch must do all in his power to keep the midfielder at Elland Road and continue his meteoric rise to the top of the game.

In other news, Orta can seal ideal Raphinha replacement in bargain Leeds move for “lethal” 11 g/a gem.

 

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