By Pranav Shahaney

28th Jun, 2022 | 1:10pm

Chris Sutton slams Leeds United depth amid Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha exits

Chris Sutton believes that Leeds United could find themselves in a relegation battle in the 2022/23 season.

The Whites appear destined to lose their two best players this summer in Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha.

Sutton believes that they already had a thin squad and they’ll get weaker without their two star players.

He said on BBC Radio Five Live Sport, “What about Kalvin Phillips from Leeds to Manchester City, where does that leave Leeds?

“Their best two players look like they are away. Jesse Marsch came in and he kept them up. But that’s not a good look.

“That was a legitimate criticism (on Leeds not bulking up the squad). Bielsa liked to work with a small and thin squad. They got away with it last season.

“But if you are a Leeds fan, you are thinking “blimey, our two star men are off. How are we going to stay in the Premier League next season?”

Spot on

Recruitment has never been more important than it is this summer.

The Whites survived last season courtesy of Raphinha bailing them out on numerous occasions.

Without him, the attack is not the same and in fact there are no players in there that can grab the game by the scruff of its neck.

In Phillips, they have an all-commanding midfield presence with an extremely high footballing IQ.

Few midfielders in the Premier League can read the game quite like he does – which is why Pep Guardiola wanted him at Manchester City.

Replacing these two gems is going to be extremely difficult and it’s not going to be a cheap affair as players these days go for ridiculous amounts.

What happens from here is anyone’s guess but we’re hoping for the best as Marsch looks to start his first full season as Leeds boss.

In other Leeds United news, Fabrizio Romano has shared if a ‘Sensational’ defensive midfielder has agreed terms for an Elland Road switch and become the club’s fourth summer signing.