Jermaine Beckford issues 'Horrible' Leeds United verdict amid recent transfer update
Jermaine Beckford believes that it would be “horrible” for Leeds United to lose both Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha this summer.
He believes that the Whites could recoup decent money from their sale, which could be in the region of £100million.
However, it would have a brutal impact on the supporters who have grown to love these two players, especially over the last two seasons.
Speaking to Yorkshire Evening Post, the Sky Sports pundit said, “It would be a horrible situation, don’t get me wrong. It would be horrible from a fan’s perspective and from a personal perspective as well because they’re both great lads.
“But also you can’t hold them back because they are both extremely driven to succeed and to be successful. You can’t hold them back, especially for everything they’ve done for us as well.
“On the other side of that, what we get back in return, if we do end up in the worst-case scenario of losing both of them, we’re looking at circa 100 million pounds coming back into Leeds United.
“That can then get reinvested into the squad to help reinforce in those areas that will be missing those two guys, but also maybe another area as well.
“We’ll be losing two but we could possibly end up gaining three. I’m a glass-half-full person. I want to see them stay, I do not want to see them leave.
“However, if they do end up leaving then that’s exactly what I would say what would be the case on the back end of it.”
Emotionally, no Leeds would want to see either of their star players leave, but practically, it does make sense to cash in as their values will not be higher than what they are now.
Raphinha has a couple of years left on his deal and is only going to be cheaper as his contract starts to run out.
With Phillips, he is costing a certain amount despite missing most of the season due to injury.
There are no guarantees that he’ll be the same player again for Leeds next season.
Also, both players may find it extremely hard to turn down the opportunity to challenge for league and Champions League titles.
There will also be no bad blood towards either, especially after what they’ve given and sacrificed to get the Whites to where they are currently.