By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

26th Jun, 2022 | 4:40pm

Leeds United: Sky Sports pundit wants 'like-for-like' Kalvin Phillips replacement transfer

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Paul Robinson is adamant Leeds United need to sign a “like-for-like” replacement for Kalvin Phillips this summer with him being strongly linked with a move to Manchester City.

The Athletic reported on 24 June that City have agreed a deal with Leeds for the 26-year-old midfielder and add that should a deal be completed, a replacement will be signed.

Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Graham Smyth reported on Sunday (26 June) that Victor Orta is in talks with RB Leipzig midfielder Tyler Adams with the view to him taking Phillips’ spot in the side should that Man City transfer go through.

Raphinha has also been linked with leaving Leeds but Robinson feels that replacing him won’t be as challenging as it will be to replace Phillips as he was so pivotal to the way the Whites played.

“They’ve got to spend wisely because it’s going to be a very unsettling window for Leeds,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.

There’s so much talk.

The Kalvin Phillips deal is obviously underway with discussions being held, from the outside looking in. And the same with Raphinha.

Leeds are kind of resigned to the fact those two are going to go.

You’ve got to sign like-for-like in regards to Phillips because that’s the way that they play and they would miss him hugely.

With Raphinha, they don’t necessarily have to sign like-for-like because they can spread the board by going for two or three different players with the money he’d bring in.

But they have to bring in proven, tried-and-tested players in.

The players they’ve brought in are coming in with good potential and a good reputation but at that level, they’re not signing players that you’d say, ‘yes, that guarantees Premier League safety next year’.

If you’re losing Phillips and Raphinha, signing the three players we have and potentially another two, I wouldn’t be too confident going into next season.

I think the manager’s got a big enough task on as it is without taking Raphinha and Phillips off him.”

Adams, 23, is a USA international who played 24 times in the Bundesliga last season for Leipzig.

Jesse Marsch managed him both in Germany and at former club New York Red Bulls.

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