By Beck Pascal

2nd Apr, 2022 | 11:15am

Ian Wright urges Leeds United in action to keep Kalvin Phillips this summer

Ian Wright believes key Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips would rather be at a club battling for trophies than fighting in a relegation battle. 

The Whites sit in 16th in the Premier League, boasting a seven-point gap on the drop zone thanks to several crucial wins under new boss Jesse Marsch. 

Despite Wright admitting he can’t see the England international leave in the summer, he urged the club to put things in motion to ensure he stays at Elland Road long-term.

“He became integral to that England squad. There’s a lot of big teams that need a player playing in that position,” He said on The Kelly and Wrighty Show.

“Phillips does it very, very well. Depending on how he comes back, he’s going to have a decision to make because he’s a very, very good player and teams will want him.

“He doesn’t strike me as a player who wants to play for a club who are just above the relegation zone. He will want to win things.

“Leeds will have to match that and put things in place so that the team is doing something. But I can’t see Phillips going right now.”

Boiling point

Phillips bleeds white. Among the key players in the squad linked to moves away from southwest Yorkshire, you would put your money on the 26-year-old being the most loyal. 

Make no mistake, that isn’t saying he will stay at the club indefinitely because that isn’t how modern-day football works, but he is likely to stay the longest. 

If Leeds doesn’t sort it out next season though, he could be forced into a move because a player of his quality should be fighting for the biggest trophies in football, not in the midst of a relegation battle.

Admittedly, things would have been considerably different if he and some of the other senior absentees were available this season, but it is still a very worrying time to be a Whites fan with the squad potentially being rinsed in the summer.

Leeds desperately has to add quality to this squad in the summer if they have any hope of keeping their better players and more importantly getting back to where they belong – challenging some of the best teams in the league.

In other Leeds United news, Patrick Bamford to return to action this season according to Marsch.