Leeds United may see their chances of qualifying for European football boosted by the introduction of the European Super League – but there are things to worry about.
One thing that has worried a Leeds fan is the fact that Kalvin Phillips could be snared away by one of the breakaway ESL clubs due to their “untouchable” finances.
Phillips, 25, has been linked with a move away from Elland Road in recent transfer windows but despite this, The Athletic journalist Phil Hay is holding fire on giving a straight answer to any potential move for the England international.
“This is all hypothetical,” Hay wrote on The Athletic website when asked if an ESL team could scoop up Phillips. “Everyone needs to wait to see how the ESL actually pans out.
“Don’t get me wrong, the clubs involved seem very serious about it but there are a lot of potential pitfalls and they will need to hold their nerve in a big way – provided UEFA/EPL or whoever else actually take them on.”
Phillips is probably the last player we’d want to see leave Leeds.
He is simply invaluable to the way that we play under Marcelo Bielsa and there’s next to no chance we’d be able to replace him.
If the ESL does go ahead then we’re going to have to expect a massive shift in the way that football works.
So much is up in the air at the minute.
Will footballers be able to play international football? Will they be kicked out of the Premier League? Will they even be able to have reserve teams?
It’s impossible to accurately say what’s going to happen.
If Phillips can’t play for England then we don’t see how he’d want to join an ESL club.
In other Leeds United news, this Yorkshire-born pundit has been waxing lyrical about a “fantastic” attacker who’s been linked with the Whites.