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Paul Robinson has said that Marcelo Bielsa is “really struggling” to replace Kalvin Phillips, with the defensive midfielder out injured.
Bielsa has played Mateusz Klich and Pascal Struijk there but both players have struggled in a position that’s vital for the way Leeds play.
Robinson claims that Bielsa may have to address the issue in the January window.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News Robinson said, “The last two games have highlighted just how important Kalvin Phillips is to the way that Bielsa plays.
“Leeds were without Phillips for two spells last season, too.
The first, they really struggled. The second time, Ben White had adapted to the role and there was no issue there.
“Now Ben White has gone, he [Bielsa] is really struggling to find someone who can fill in there.
“He’s played Klich there, he’s played Struijk there, he’s rotated during the games and he’s still nowhere near finding the perfect solution.
“Phillips is an absolutely vital player for Leeds and the way they play, and if they are going to be without him for any length of time they are going to have to find a replacement for him in the January window.”
Kalvin Phillips may be back for the Premier League game against Arsenal on Sunday.
In a recent Twitch stream, he admitted that he would take an injection ahead of the game that could enable him to play.
That would be a big boost for Leeds but Bielsa will be keen not to rush the player back too soon and risk losing him for a greater period of time.
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