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Paul Robinson has shrugged off a suggestion that Kalvin Phillips should return to Leeds United on loan in January amid a slow start to life at Manchester City.
Ex-Aston Villa forward Gabriel Agbonlahor took to Twitter on Wednesday night to claim that Phillips, 26, should be loaned back to the Whites based on the fact he played just one minute of Man City’s Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund.
Phillips has faced injury and fitness problems since joining the Premier League champions in the summer while it was always unlikely he’d be the first name on Pep Guardiola’s teamsheet due to the form of Rodri, who plays in the same position.
Phillips was absent from the squad that beat Wolves on Saturday (17 September) in the Premier League but Robinson doesn’t understand why he’d want to return to Leeds so soon when he’s blatantly going to get a chance at the Etihad soon.
“For him personally, it’s a new challenge and a new step,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.
“He’s got off to a slow start but you don’t judge him at the first sign of trouble.
“He’s a fantastic player and he’s not even had an opportunity at Manchester City.
“He’s had a couple of niggling injuries and that’s stopped him from the opportunity to keep going.
“You don’t go to a club of that size and after three or four weeks decide it’s not working and go back again.
“He’s a player of huge ability and huge quality and it’s only a matter of time before he makes his mark on that Man City team.
“He’s against one of the best players in the world – Rodri – to get into that team and with the way they play, there’s only room for one of them.
“Kalvin will get in that team eventually.
“There’s an option for him to play in a three at the back, there’s an option for him to play in midfield. But he’s part of a huge squad so there’s no way in the world he should be considering going back to Leeds.
“He’s earned himself that fantastic move and it will come to fruition at some point.”
In other Leeds United news, a pundit suggests a “world-class” player should be sent to Leeds on loan in January.