By Darren Bent

4th Aug, 2020 | 7:00pm

Bent Exclusive: Phillips can save Bielsa £5m in Leeds reported pursuit of proven PL star

Darren Bent believes Kalvin Phillips could save Leeds United £5million after being linked with Everton midfielder Fabian Delph.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former England striker admits he is buzzing to see the 24-year-old in the Premier League next season.

The Daily Star report that Marcelo Bielsa is desperate to add top-flight experience to his squad this summer and believe Delph could be signed from Everton for £5million.

The 30-year-old, who came through the youth ranks at Elland Road, has 185 Premier League appearances and two Premier League titles to his name.

However, Bent believes that Leeds are well equipped in terms of midfielders and that the £5million could be spent on strengthening elsewhere in the squad.

“Obviously Delphy’s not played that much for Everton, injuries have played their part and I feel as much as he knows the club and came through the youth ranks there, I think it might be £5million wasted,” Bent told Football Insider.

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“If he’s not going to get minutes on the pitch – and listen, he’s played at the highest level and won the biggest trophies – but if you can’t actually get him on the pitch consistently enough then I think he should use that money elsewhere.

“I like what they’ve got in midfield, I’m so excited to see him in the Premier League because I think this is the level he should be playing at and he’s easily good enough to be playing at that level. I think maybe that £5million could go on someone else.” 

Delph played just 16 times for Everton in the league last season as he suffered a number of injury problems throughout the campaign.

Phillips meanwhile made 37 appearances for Leeds on the way to the Championship title, although he did miss the final three matches after he picked up a knee problem against Swansea City.

In other Leeds United news, Noel Whelan has been left raving over a “really good deal” after a player agreed to join a new club for next season.