By Frank McAvennie

8th Dec, 2021 | 1:40pm

Leeds facing 'near impossible' task after 'devastating' Phillips blow - pundit

Leeds will find replacing Kalvin Phillips “near impossible” after he picked up a fresh injury.

That’s according to former West Ham hitman Frank McAvennie, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about how Phillips’ injury could affect the Whites’ January plans.

As reported by the Telegraph (8 December) and BBC Sport, Phillips is facing two months on the sidelines with a hamstring injury picked up against Brentford.

Liam Cooper and Patrick Bamford are also reportedly doubts after picking up problems in the 2-2 draw.

McAvennie insists Phillips is “better than Leeds” and that is why his absence will hit the club hard.

“That’s devastating,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

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“We all know how good the boy is. I didn’t know too much about him before the Euros.

“What a summer he had. He’s better than Leeds and that’s why his absence is going to be so big for them. What a summer he had for England.

“I imagine that will force them into the transfer market. It has to.

“The boy is so good in that midfield, he can do it all. He screens the defence so well and we have seen him do well when going forward.

“That versatility is vital to Leeds.

“As I say, Phillips is a massive player for them and replacing him before January is near impossible.”

Phillips missed games against Southampton and Wolves earlier this season due to a calf injury.

The Whites currently sit 15th in the Premier League table.

In other news, Leeds United are preparing fans for Marcelo Bielsa’s exit as a manager shortlist is compiled.