talkSPORT pundit Darren Bent has said that Leeds United will attract a “lot of high-profile” players to Elland Road if they get promoted.

Talking on talkSPORT, Bent also said that Leeds would be fine in the top-flight with a number of players in the squad who are already Premier League level, like Kalvin Phillips.

He said that if Phillips was playing in the Premier League he would already be in the England squad.

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“The Premier League wants Leeds back. It’s been so long since they were there,” Bent said.

“I think they’ll do okay [in the top-flight] and I think they’ll attract a lot of high-profile players that other clubs can’t.

“People look at Leeds, the history, the supporters… They’re not going to compete with Man City and Chelsea, the real big guns, but there’s no reason why they can’t, first of all, establish themselves as a mid-table side and then kick on from there.

“They’ve already got some Premier League players. Kalvin Phillips should be playing in the Premier League already. And if he was he’d be in the England squad.

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Premier League sides were after Kalvin Phillips last summer but he committed to another season at Elland Road and signed a new contract.

Just reward for that would be a place in the Premier League next season with Leeds.

The squad got its first taste of life in the Premier League when it faced Arsenal away in the FA Cup in January.

It was a game of two halves but Leeds absolutely dominated the first 45 and showed that their players can live with the shift up in quality.

If you think that’s just us resorting to a cliche, look at the attack momentum graph from SofaScore.

Arsenal hardly had a sniff in the first half but faded in the second half and lost 1-0.

With a few extra players over the summer, we think the squad will easily have enough to establish themselves in a mid-table finish.

Bent mentioned the size of the club, the history and the supporters, but we think Bielsa is another big draw for players. Put them all together and Leeds are a heady draw.

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