By Kealan Hughes

31st Mar, 2021 | 9:10am

Kalvin Phillips can become an elite player if Leeds make move for Rodrigo De Paul

Kalvin Phillips is arguably the best player at Leeds United and is capable of becoming an elite star in the future.

To ensure he does Victor Orta must surround him with top-level players – stars who can get the best out of Phillips.

Phillips performs the Pirlo role exceptionally well, dictating play from deep, but the current squad lacks a penetrative central midfielder who can open up the opposition.

Creating goalscoring opportunities is not an area Phillips excels in, though he did come up with a  memorable assist to set-up Patrick Bamford’s goal at Chelsea in December.

Other than that, the Whites mostly have to rely on Jack Harrison and Raphinha for creativity from midfield.

We could solve that issue quite easily by signing Rodrigo De Paul, a midfielder we have once again been linked to by Tutto Atalanta.

The Argentina international has scored six and assisted six goals from central midfield for 12th-placed Udinese this term.

Also, Rodrigo De Paul has 2.4 key passes per game – the third highest average in Serie A this season, per WhoScored.

He has 4.2 successful long balls per 90 minutes so it is easy to see how he could help the Whites.

Getting the likes of Raphinha and Bamford in behind the opposition defence is our most dangerous method of attack – Rodrigo De Paul would provide the perfect service.

In addition, per WyScout the 26-year-old also has 3.9 dribbles per game, and his inclusion in WhoScored’s Team of the Year so far – with a rating of 7.5 – shows how good he is.

With Phillips mopping up danger in midfield he would be able to find Rodrigo De Paul, who could then transition from defence to attack seamlessly.

Their different styles of play should suit one another and Phillips could benefit from Rodrigo De Paul looking to play in between the lines.

The Yorkshire Pirlo was criticised by some England fans for his ability on the ball on Sunday.

However, playing alongside Rodrigo De Paul should help him to show off his ball-playing ability as the duo would be capable of linking up in key areas.

There is no doubt that Phillips is our most important player and if we want him and the team to improve we should consider a move for Rodrigo De Paul.

In other Leeds United news, Victor Orta has found the next Raphinha in a cut-price deal from a cash-stricken club.