EXCLUSIVE

Leeds United’s Kalvin Phillips could take John McGinn’s starting role at Aston Villa if he was to move to the newly promoted side this summer, according to Danny Mills.

The former England and Leeds star, speaking to Football Insider in an exclusive interview, claims that the Elland Road ace is a better player than the Villa star and that a move to Villa Park could see the Scottish international drop out of the starting XI.

Football Insider revealed back in May that the Villans were planning to launch a bid for the 23-year-old, a national report stating that an offer of £14million is to be tabled, and Mills says that a potential move is bad news for McGinn’s first team future.

“He may well play instead of John McGinn, simple as that” Mills told Football Insider.

“It all becomes about competition for places, who can add what, who can do what in that team. The Premier League, as we’ve seen, is about competition for places. It’s about players earning the right and improving your squad.

“Is he better than John McGinn? I think he is, so I think he would go in and it might be him, Jack Grealish and somebody else in that midfield. It’s not just how does he play alongside him (McGinn) – Villa will be looking to improve their squad. Is he an improvement? Yes he is.”

McGinn, 24, played 44 times across all competitions for Villa last season and scored seven goals, the last of which was the all important second in their 2-1 play-off final victory against Derby County.

Phillips was also a mainstay in the Championship, missing just four games across Leeds’ entire league campaign.

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