By Joe Ellis

18th Sep, 2022 | 6:40am

Leeds United made genius move to sell Kalvin Phillips after 'damaging' injury news

Leeds United made the difficult decision to sell Kalvin Phillips to Premier League champions Manchester City over the summer for £45million.

There were serious questions about whether the Whites could manage without one of their star players but Jesse Marsch and Victor Orta were quick to bring in Tyler Adams and Marc Roca in anticipation of his exit.

They also got Darko Gyabi as part of the deal with the Citizens who could become a first-team player one day but there is now no question that Leeds got the best of this deal.

Phillips has hardly seen the pitch at the Etihad Stadium so far this season and he now faces a lengthy time out with an injury.

“Kalvin Phillips needs surgery and will have another lengthy spell on the sidelines,” Manchester Evening News journalist Conor McGilligan said via his personal Twitter account.

“You’ve got to think Leeds have done very well replacing him with Tyler and Marc – a real success of the window. Leeds wouldn’t have been able to rely on KP at all this season. Damaging.”

That has now ruled him out of the Nations League with England and it would have been disastrous for Leeds had it happened at Thorp Arch without his backups.

But the genius of Orta saw him get a massive price for him after he hardly featured last season and find two replacements for a smaller combined price.

And this latest injury news justifies his decision even further and means that Leeds United have avoided a very difficult situation.

Phillips is getting more and more injury prone and that problem is now Pep Guardiola’s and Marsch can have a wry smile every night knowing that he doesn’t have to deal with him anymore.

In other Leeds United news, Marsch reportedly has his eyes on another job in his future but the full focus is currently on Elland Road.