BBC pundit Garth Crooks has compared Kalvin Phillips to a young Bryan Robson and said that the Leeds United midfielder is the perfect replacement for Jordan Henderson for England and Liverpool.

Crooks put Phillips in his Team of the Week after a brilliant display in the 1-0 win against Everton on Saturday.

“Leeds missed Kalvin Phillips against Leicester and Crystal Palace, but not against Everton,” wrote Crooks in his regular BBC column.

“The England international is making a name for himself, and was far too sharp for the Toffees.

“This kid reminds me of a young Bryan Robson, when the former Manchester United and England captain played for West Brom.

“Phillips can cover the ground, he’s not afraid to stick his foot in, and sees the pass. He doesn’t immediately grab your attention but given time you begin to realise the enormous contribution he’s making to the game.

“I think he’s the perfect replacement for Jordan Henderson and I don’t mean just for England.”

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We’re all up for Kalvin Phillips getting praise from then pundits.

And this isn’t the first Man United legend Phillips has been compared to. On Monday Night Football, Jamie Carragher said he played as well as Paul Scholes.

However, we could do without pundits hawking him round other clubs like Liverpool.

If Phillips carries on on the same trajectory then it might not be too long before the Big Four come sniffing.

And Phillips’ price tag will be a lot more than the £25m that Aston Villa were offering for him 18 months ago.

Andrea Radrizzani has ambition at Leeds and is looking to attack the European places in the next 2-3 years.

He’ll want to keep hold of Phillips and Marcelo Bielsa if possible. If Liverpool do come calling, though, it will really test his and Phillips’ resolve.

In other Leeds United news, ‘One of the best performances (in the PL) this season’ – Carragher drools over Leeds star on MNF


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