Danny Mills has surprisingly claimed Kalvin Phillips’ suspension could be of real benefit to Leeds United.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Whites and England defender suggested the 25-year-old will be rested for Sunday’s FA Cup tie giving his potential replacement the perfect opportunity to get match sharpness ahead of their game against Brighton the following Saturday.
Phillips picked up his fifth yellow card of the season against Tottenham last weekend meaning he will miss the visit of the Seagulls next weekend.
He is available for Leeds’ visit to the People’s Pension Stadium on Sunday but Mills has claimed the England international will not be risked.
Mills told Football Insider: “There’s a very good chance that Phillips will be rested for this one and they tell him ‘Ok, just put your feet up. You’re vitally important to this team, you’ve had a couple of injuries this year.’
“He might be on the bench and there for support, whatever it might be.
“But it’s an opportunity to give a young player a chance and maybe a player that is going to play the next Premier League game in that position.
“You have to look at the positives of everything and the small wins and see where you can get them in the current climate.
“It means whoever is going to come in for Kalvin Phillips is going to have a game extra to get up to speed and has that extra advantage.
“You can flip it and use it as a win-win for everybody.”
Phillips missed three Leeds games earlier on in the season with a shoulder injury he picked up against Wolves.
Apart from those three games, the five-time England international has missed just 45 minutes of Premier League action when he was substituted at half-time against Manchester United.