By Craig Scott

3rd Sep, 2021 | 11:10am

Trevor Sinclair expects Kalvin Phillips to quit Leeds United next year

Trevor Sinclair expects Kalvin Phillips to quit Elland Road next summer unless Leeds United challenge for a top-four finish in the Premier League.

Phillips, 25, has been in sensational form over the last few years for both Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds and in Gareth Southgate’s England squad.

Earlier this week, it was confirmed that the midfielder has been named England’s player of the year before he followed that up with a superb showing in the 4-0 win against Hungary on Thursday.

Ex-Manchester City and West Ham star Sinclair feels that next year could be the right time for Phillips to move on from Leeds and has mooted Manchester United as a potential destination.

As shown in a clip on the talkSPORT Twitter account, Sinclair said: “There were a few eyebrows raised when Kalvin Phillips was brought into the squad but then you see his performances at Euro 2020 and he’s just got England player of the year. What an achievement.

“I think Kalvin Phillips is ready [to play for a top Premier League club].

“If Leeds don’t pick up this season and start threatening that top-four, I think Kalvin Phillips will go.

“I was actually quite surprised that Manchester United didn’t have a little look at him because when you start looking at that holding midfield role, they’ve got Fred, [Scott] McTominay, [Nemanja] Matic. I just felt that if they got that position right, they would have a chance of really competing for the Premier League.”

Going nowhere

Phillips will always be linked with a move away from Leeds because he’s an outstanding talent who’s yet to even hit the peak of his career.

We also had reservations about Phillips playing for England.

Yes, he 100 per cent deserved a call-up but we were wary of how he would play under Southgate with Marcelo Bielsa proving so influential on his career prior to his debut cap.

However, Phillips has grown into his role with England and he and Declan Rice have formed an incredible partnership in the middle of the field.

Phillips was one of the best players in the European Championships in the summer when England reached the final and he definitely deserved to walk away with a winners’ medal.

We really don’t think he’ll leave Leeds for anyone.

He’s a Leeds lad, he supports the club, his feet are firmly on the ground and he doesn’t seem to be fussed about playing anywhere other than here.

In other Leeds United news, this pundit has been gushing over one of Leeds’ Under-23s players after a major first-team update about Marcelo Bielsa.