Paul Robinson: Leeds United must develop at same rate as Kalvin Phillips to keep him
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Leeds United need to be wary about Kalvin Phillips wanting to leave due to his increased exposure to international football, according to Paul Robinson.
Phillips, 25, was one of the top-performing players at the whole European Championships in the summer as he started every game to help England reach their first major final since 1966.
The midfielder has also been in stunning form for Leeds, transforming into a superb deep-lying player under Marcelo Bielsa’s charge.
Earlier this week, Phillips was named as England’s men’s player of the year before he shone in a 4-0 win against Hungary in World Cup qualifying.
Robinson is delighted that Phillips won that aware and is blown away by his development in the last few years.
However, the pundit is also worried that if Phillips spends more time alongside players who are competing for silverware and starring in the Champions League, he’s more likely to want that himself.
Speaking to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said: “It doesn’t matter who voted, it was plain to see his quality at the Euros, he took his opportunity with two hands and for me, he was one of the best players for England.
“He’s developed so much in the last two or three seasons into one of the top players in Europe.
“His award is fully deserved and the thing from a Leeds perspective is keeping a hold of him now because he’s playing regularly for England, with players in the Champions League and challenging for titles.
“It’s not going to be long before he wants to do that himself so Leeds need to develop at the same rate as Kalvin Phillips or else there are going to be some big poachers come.”
Phillips missed the first game of the season as Leeds were thrashed 5-1 by Manchester United at Old Trafford.
However, he;’s since come back into the side and help the Whites earn two draws against Everton and Burnley.
In other Leeds United news, Trevor Sinclair expects this player to quit Elland Road next year.