By Danny Mills

22nd Oct, 2021 | 6:00pm

Leeds handed 'substantial' blow by another Phillips news update - Mills

Kalvin Phillips’ absence against Wolves will be a “substantial” blow for Leeds United, according to Danny Mills.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Whites and England defender admitted there was a major gap in quality between Phillips and his understudies.

The 25-year-old picked up an injury just before the international break and missed Leeds’ 1-0 defeat to Southampton last week.

Marcelo Bielsa revealed in his pre-Wolves press conference yesterday (October 21) that if he played this weekend it would be “far too quick”.

It is the latest in a series of negative injury bulletins from the manager, with the likes of Patrick Bamford and Luke Ayling also sidelined for lengthy periods.

“He’s obviously a very influential player and any team is going to miss a player of that quality and that influence,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

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“They don’t really have anybody to replace him. I think we all understand that the squad is relatively small and Bielsa doesn’t like to work with a big squad. The drop off in quality from Kalvin to the next in line is quite substantial.

“It’s just like if you lose Raphinha or Patrick Bamford for the next few games. The players that come in aren’t quite up to speed or up to standard, that’s what makes it difficult.

“At the moment you’re not quite sure about Leeds. You look at the early games and they had some decent performances but didn’t quite get the results. You look at the last couple of games where they haven’t quite created the chances and lacked that high pressing so it’s a difficult one.

“It’s a little bit like Neil Warnock and his box of chocolates. You’re not quite sure if you’re going to get that purple one with the caramel and the nice nut inside or that horrible green triangle.”

In other news, Leeds United have been tipped to sign a top-class Rodrigo rival from Premier League giants in January.