By Mark Smith

27th May, 2022 | 4:10pm

Leeds United could sign Florian Grillitsch regardless of Kalvin Phillips decision

Leeds United could still sign Hoffenheim midfielder Florian Grillitsch this summer regardless of what happens with Kalvin Phillips and his future.

That’s according to Dean Jones, who reports that the Austrian is a target who fits the profile that Jesse Marsch is looking for in midfield at Elland Road over the summer.

It is reported that Grillitsch could arrive even if Phillips puts pen to paper on a new long-term contract to remain at the club after staying in the Premier League.

Speaking to GIVE ME SPORT, Jones shared what could happen in terms of midfield reinforcements this summer as Victor Orta is on the case.

“Hoffenheim’s Florian Grillitsch is a target,” he wrote.

“The six-foot-two Austrian has the versatility to play in defence or midfield and fits the profile Marsch is looking for in terms of mentality and style. There have been suggestions that he will only arrive if Kalvin Phillips leaves, but that may not be the case.”


Despite him playing very well, Marsch having to start Sam Greenwood alongside Phillips in holding midfield on the final day at Brentford highlighted how poor our options currently are.

Having Grillitsch and his giant figure alongside the Yorkshire Pirlo would be perfect, and it would give us a brilliant base to allow our front four to express themselves.

It reminds us of West Ham who have Tomas Soucek alongside Declan Rice and how well that partnership has worked for David Moyes in the past two years.

Leeds are screaming out for a new holding midfielder, maybe even two, and that partner for Phillips coming in would be another reason to persuade him to stay.

There is way too much responsibility on his shoulders currently, and if we want to progress under Marsch, he needs to make this a priority after Brenden Aaronson arrived.

This is certainly one to watch in the coming weeks and months.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are readying a new bid for a blockbuster striker signing according to Phil Hay after Premier League survival