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Paul Robinson has said that Leeds are going to face a huge issue over the future of Kalvin Phillips in the summer.
Phillips’ form has been brilliant and he has already broken into the England side.
Jamie Carragher said that his performance against Everton on Saturday was one of the best he’s seen in the Premier League all season.
Garth Crooks said that he would make the perfect replacement for Jordan Henderson at Liverpool.
That’s fantastic for Leeds but Robinson has claimed there will be interest from the top four clubs on the back of it all.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson also took issue with the criticism from Graeme Souness that Phillips doesn’t score enough goals.
“I’m not sure he’s seen much of Leeds United this season and he can’t realise Kalvin Phillips is playing the holding midfield role,” Robinson said.
“The lack of goals from Phillips isn’t a worry to me, the Leeds fans or the manager.
“That’s not in his remit. If he adds a couple of goals, all the better, but I thought his performance at the weekend was one of outstanding quality.
“We saw how much Leeds missed him in the two games when he was out.
“He’s come back from injury and he’s shown international quality again. He’s really given Gareth Southgate a problem. The way he’s playing at the moment he can’t ignore him.
“Listen, when your performances are as good as Phillips you’re going to be linked with top-four clubs. It’s only natural. That will happen and I believe that Leeds’ resolve will be tested in the summer.
“He’s an outstanding performer on a regular basis. That position, that Claude Makélélé made his own at Chelsea and where N’Golo Kante plays, Phillips is getting to a similar level.
“At his age clubs will be looking at him and Leeds will need to be strong over the summer to keep hold of him.”
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