By David Woods

18th Nov, 2020 | 5:30pm

Matteo: Leeds star player has doubled his value in Premier League under Bielsa

Former Whites star Dominic Matteo has said that Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips is now worth £40m-£50m.

That’s a huge amount of money and it shows how far his star has risen since getting into the England side and playing in the Premier League.

Phillips has been out for the last three games and Leeds have struggled without him, losing the last two games 4-1.

Phillips turned down a move to the Premier League in the summer of 2019, with Aston Villa reportedly offering £25m for him.

That was a brave move that’s paid off after Leeds won the Championship at a canter last season.

Writing in the Yorkshire Evening Post Matteo said, “It’s obvious to say but in any team that plays a similar way and shape to Leeds, the position of the Kalvin Phillips role is of the utmost importance.

“He has been a huge loss and for Marcelo to try and replace him is a huge task because of his clear importance to the side.

“You’re talking about a £40m or £50m rated player in terms of how crucial he is to his team and its set-up.”

Phillips star rising

Seeing Kalvin Phillips blossom under Marcelo Bielsa has been one of the best things to happen at Leeds on the pitch in the past two years.

He kept his faith in Leeds last season when the Premier League came calling and it’s a gamble that’s paid off for both club and player.

We think Matteo’s valuation is spot on. How much for a homegrown England international who’s still got his peak years ahead of him?

We think £50m sounds about right and it makes us wonder how much some of our other players are now worth.

Leeds paid less than £1m for Luke Ayling and just over £1.5m for Mateusz Klich – both players who are now impressing in the Premier League.

It’s the Marcelo Bielsa effect but there’s more work to be done, starting on Sunday as Leeds look to get back on track after two consecutive 4-1 defeats before the international break.

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