By Sam Stone

3rd May, 2022 | 9:10pm

Kalvin Phillips 'contract opportunity at Leeds United highlighted by journalist Joe Donnohue

Joe Donnohue has suggested Leeds United’s injury problems have provided Kalvin Phillips with a chance to strengthen his chances of a more lucrative deal in his ongoing contract negotiations.

According to the Yorkshire Evening Post journalist, 26-year-old Phillips has been entrusted to be part of a “leadership council” at Elland Road.

With Stuart Dallas’ femoral fracture and Liam Cooper getting injured in the warm-up, Donnohue believes it is time for Phillips to become a leader in the group.

Writing in the Yorkshire Evening Post, Donnohue said: “Simply, Leeds win more than they lose with Phillips in the team and lose than they win without him.

“Leading by example would strengthen the pursuit of a more lucrative prize in the ongoing contract negotiations expected to be resolved this summer.”

Phillips crucial to Leeds’ survival

Despite only just returning from injury himself, Phillips’ form will be imperative in Leeds’ increasingly difficult survival battle.

He cannot play his way back into form, he simply has to hit the ground running, starting with their tricky trip to the Emirates this weekend.

On a personal level, the England man will not want a Premier League relegation on his CV.

It could lessen his value and worsen potential contract offers from his hometown club or potential suitors in the summer.

Playing a vital role in Leeds’ survival bid would give Phillips a much better stance in his contract situation at Leeds United.

The club will be aware that if he helps them to Premier League survival, he is well within his right to ask for a new and improved contract, or otherwise look for pastures new.

With his contract running for another two years, it will be intriguing to see what the Leeds hierarchy does in the Phillips’ situation.

Do they cash in with his value still high? Or do they try and retain his services for a longer period of time?

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