Danny Mills has expressed his fears that Kalvin Phillips will be sold by by Leeds United in the wake of their play-off heartache.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-United and England right-back insisted the home-grown midfielder is the club’s prize asset and the hardest player to replace.
Mills is convinced Premier League clubs will be interested in Phillips after Leeds’ bid to secure promotion ended with Wednesday’s demoralising defeat to Derby County.
Asked which Leeds stars could head for the exit this window, Mills told Football Insider: “Kalvin Phillips would be the worry for me. He has been integral to what they have been about this season and absolutely vital to their style of play.
“Losing him would be the biggest concern. He is irreplaceable. Everybody else is replaceable. To replace Phillips with a player who would have the same impact in the team and the way they play, you would have to spend an awful lot of money.
“I don’t think you would find a player like that easily or cheaply. Phillips is good enough to play in the Premier League and I don’t see why clubs there won’t be interested in him.”
Phillips has had the best season of his career after graduating from the club’s academy and making his Leeds debut in his late teens.
The 23-year-old has started 46 matches for the club in this campaign and established himself as one of the outstanding central midfielders outside of the English top flight.