Leeds United midfielder

Gabriel Agbonlahor has tipped Leeds United to enter the January transfer market to sign a back-up for midfielder Kalvin Phillips.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former Aston Villa and England striker insisted the England international has been “a huge miss”.

Phillips has not featured in Leeds’ last three games with a shoulder injury he picked up against Wolves last month.

 

This site revealed last week that, although the midfielder has been publicly ruled out for six weeks, Leeds were confident he could return ahead of schedule and feature against Arsenal after the international break.

The midfielder confirmed to his teammate Leif Davis while playing Warzone on Twitch that he is hopeful that he can face the Gunners.

Pascal Struijk and Jamie Shackleton have stepped up in his absence, but Agbonlahor believes the Yorkshire giants will be in the market for a better back up.

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He told Football Insider: “He’s been a huge miss. You look at certain games and he’s the one that would have broken up certain attacks.

“He’s not there and they’ve suffered from that.

“But you can’t rely on one player because you’re going to get a lot of players injured every season in every team especially as the games are so congested now.

“So maybe Leeds need another Kalvin Phillips to fill in for him when he’s not available.

“I feel they might bring in somebody else in January just to be there if he does get injured.”

Phillips was an ever present in the Premier League this season before his injury.

His form earned him his first England call up in September and he now has three international caps.

In other Leeds United news, the club have been told to sign a £100k-a-week goalkeeper in January.