By Dave Woods

30th Jul, 2019 | 5:00pm

Leeds must offer Phillips what he's worth

Kalvin Phillips is still a Leeds player and that’s great news for manager Marcelo Bielsa.

According to the Yorkshire Evening Post Phillips isn’t pushing for a move but is prepared to see what happens between now and the transfer window closing. 

Aston Villa are interested but their £15m bid falls a long way short of what Leeds would be willing to sell him for.

Leeds have offered him a new contract but again the two sides are a way apart. Meanwhile, Phillips is out of contract next summer and could leave for free if the situation doesn’t change.

There’s no doubt Phillips is a Premier League-level player. He proved that for Leeds last season and he highlighted his quality again in the last pre-season game against Cagliari.

In a supreme performance, marred only by a late red card, Phillips dominated the midfield.

He made 85 total actions of which 68 were successful and completed an astonishing 49 out of 51 passes. Even better, he boasted 100% accuracy on his long passes (4/4), completed both dribbles he attempted and won 11/18 defensive duels [wyscout.com].

There’s no doubt that he will be a massive player for Leeds next season if he stays and the club really needs to make a commitment to keep him at Elland Road.

Making him one of the club’s highest earners will cost them £30k-£40ka-a-week and that’s a big commitment for a club that’s not guaranteed to be playing in the Premier League next season. But, if the worst happens and they don’t go up, Phillips should be worth big money next summer for an outlay of max £2m.

Losing him for free shouldn’t be an option but that’s what Leeds are risking. It’s time to make him an offer he can’t refuse.