By Alex McLeish

25th Jun, 2022 | 10:43am

Leeds United told to sign 'world-renowned' star as pundit shares Gareth Bale verdict

Leeds United must not copy Tottenham’s mistakes when replacing Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha.

That’s according to former Aston Villa and Scotland boss Alex McLeish, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about a potential overhaul at Elland Road.

A recruitment source told Football Insider on Saturday (25 June) Phillips, 26, has agreed terms with Man City after a bid of £42million was accepted by Leeds.

Raphinha, 25, has also been heavily linked with a move away from the club this summer with Arsenal submitting an opening offer on 21 June, as per The Athletic.

When Gareth Bale left Tottenham for Real Madrid in the summer of 2013, Spurs made seven signings in a bid to replace him as Paulinho, Nacer Chadli, Roberto Soldado, Etienne Capoue, Vlad Chiriches, Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen all joined.

The majority of those transfers have been considered failures and McLeish insists Leeds can’t make the same mistake.

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“They desperately need a few more bodies in,” McLeish told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild

“The key is, losing those two players, they have kept Leeds in the Premier League over the last two seasons.

“You look at the Gareth Bale transfer when he left Spurs. They went out and bought six or seven players and everyone was saying how great it is.

“It didn’t strengthen the starting XI and they were affected because of that. For a year or two, they were a bit lost without Bale.

“When you have players like Phillips and Raphinha, who make such a difference, that is such a massive loss for Leeds.

“Do they have the recruitment in place, do they have the wherewithal to replace them? We expect players who are world-renowned in the Premier League.

“Maybe, when they do replace them, they will have to look at some younger players.”

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