Adrian Durham: Logic suggests that Leeds United will be in relegation battle next season
Adrian Durham has suggested live on talkSPORT that Leeds United could well be in the relegation battle again in the 2022/23 Premier League season.
Leeds have spent over £90million this summer and have added six new faces yet Durham believes the two major departures at Elland Road could have a huge impact for the Yorkshire side.
Kalvin Phillips was joined by Raphinha in departing the club this summer and the talkSPORT broadcaster believes that the England international will be a huge loss for Jesse Marsch and Leeds.
Talking on talkSPORT (Wednesday 13 July) Durham said: “There is a good case to suggest Phillips and Raphinha are their two best players and with them, they nearly went down last season.
“Without them does logic tell you that at least they will be in the relegation mix next season?
“Phillips is a seriously good footballer and Leeds did miss him when he was out last season.”
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They will be missed
It would’ve been intriguing to see where Leeds would’ve ended up had Phillips been available the whole of the 2021/22 season.
It is important to remember that Phillips is a regular England international and started in England’s biggest game in the past 56 years in the Three Lions’ Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy.
However, Phillips wasn’t heard of until three or four years ago and there is every chance one of Leeds’ new summer recruits could go on to replicate the now Manchester City man.
Regardless of losing Raphinha and Phillips, the Whites are in a far better position than if they hadn’t spent near to £100million on new signings.
They’ve left their relegation rivals in the rearview mirror, with Everton only making one signing in the transfer window thus far.
The club hierarchy has realised the significance of losing Phillips and Raphinha and have done their best to find suitable replacements for the duo.
Time will tell if Leeds have landed the right players, but after their success with Raphinha in the past, there is every chance the new additions will take Leeds to a higher Premier League finish in the 2022/23 season.
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