Fabio Capello wowed by Kalvin Phillips at Leeds United, Manchester City man was ‘complete’ before Elland Road exit
Manchester City and England man Kalvin Phillips was a “complete midfielder” at Leeds United, according to Fabio Capello.
Phillips spent several years in the Leeds academy before lining out for the first team in the Premier League and Championship.
The midfielder, who has 30 caps for the England national team, then left Elland Road in 2022 to join Manchester City.
“Phillips in the English national team and in his time at Leeds always seemed like a complete midfielder to me,” former England manager Capello told La Gazzetta dello Sport, as transcribed by Calciomercato.
There is no doubting the player’s ability on a football pitch, but sadly Phillips has not been allowed to showcase that ability during his time at Manchester City.
Manager Pep Guardiola has constantly overlooked the 27-year-old, with Spanish star Rodri playing ahead of him more often than not.
The situation has resulted in the former Leeds man being handed less than 90 minutes in the Premier League this season.
Minutes have also been hard to come by in the Champions League, despite the manager switching his starting XI up in order to rest key players. But even with this lack of game time, England manager Gareth Southgate has continued to select the midfielder.
That may not, however, be the case for much longer, with an exit from the Etihad in January perhaps the only possible solution for Phillips at this moment in time.
He should have no shortage of suitors, with clubs fully aware that the midfielder can recreate his famous displays from his time at Leeds.
In other Leeds United news, Whites fans can breathe a sigh of relief as transfer news emerges regarding Premier League club Everton.