Derby County teenager Louie Sibley should think carefully before moving to Leeds United, according to Kevin Phillips.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the 2000 European Golden Shoe winner fears that the 19-year-old, who he knows from his and his son’s time at Derby, would not get regular first team football at Elland Road.
Speaking on the Phil Hay Show podcast, The Athletic journalist revealed that the Rams midfielder is a player Leeds “admire” and are “keeping their eye on”.
Football Insider first revealed Leeds interest in Sibley in August and updated last week they are still pursuing the teen star as well as his County teammate Jason Knight.
Sibley is one of Derby’s most highly-rated talents, reflected in his 16 Championship appearances already this season.
However, he may be set to exit Pride Park this month after Sky Sports revealed that the second-tier side need to sell some of their prospects to help balance the books.
When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of Sibley’s future, Phillips said:
“I know Louie well because my lad played with him for a couple of years.
“My worry would be is that if he moved to Leeds he would sit on the bench and play the odd game. He has proven that he can play first team football and he has been one of the shining lights at Derby. I do not want to see him go somewhere and be a bit-part player.
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“I have watched him grow and I knew as a kid that he would become a top player but the Premier League is a big jump. I would be very wary if I was his representatives. I would not take him to a club where he may not play every week.
“He could make the jump but it would need to be the right team. I have slight doubts over whether he could player every week at Leeds though because he is still very young.”