By Kevin Campbell

25th Aug, 2021 | 5:00pm

O'Brien can take Leeds midfield to new heights after 'massive' development - Campbell

The “massive” return of Kalvin Phillips plus the potential capture of Lewis O’Brien can take the Leeds United midfield to new heights.

So says ex-Premier League goalscorer Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 22-year-old Huddersfield Town man.

This site revealed on 13 August that O’Brien wants to quit the Terriers and join Leeds amid interest from them and Crystal Palace.

The Sun‘s Alan Nixon reported on 21 August that Palace are now closing in on a £10million deal to sign Watford midfielder Will Hughes.

It is claimed that this leaves Leeds in pole position to sign O’Brien, whose Huddersfield contract runs until 2022.

Phillips missed Leeds season opener against Man United but returned to action against Everton last Saturday.

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Campbell claims that his return after the Euros as well as the possible acquisition of O’Brien can be huge for the Leeds midfield.

He told Football Insider assistant editor Dylan Childs: “They are weaker without Kalvin Phillips in there, for sure.

“The Man United game, I thought they’d have lost without him anyway. But he is so important to them and it is massive for Leeds to have him back.

“But O’Brien does stiffen that midfield up. He’s a really, really good player. I think they will definitely look to strengthen.”

O’Brien has netted five times and supplied seven assists in 85 Huddersfield appearances.

He has featured four times in all competitions for the Championship side this season.

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