Leeds United do not need to sign another midfielder in this transfer window despite their struggles when Kalvin Phillips is not available.
That is according to former Arsenal and Everton striker Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about where the Yorkshire club need to strengthen before next Sunday’s transfer deadline.
Phillips was suspended for Marcelo Bielsa’s side’s last league game as they failed to bounce back from a shock FA Cup exit at Crawley with a 1-0 home defeat against Brighton.
Leeds have lost three of the four league games in which the England international has been absent this season – as opposed to six of the 14 where he has started.
Football Insider pundit and ex-Whites striker Noel Whelan is worried by the drop off in performance when Phillips is unavailable and wants the club to sign another midfielder.
However, Campbell believes there is no reason to sign cover for Phillips.
That is something of a surprise given the vast difference in points-per-game when he is absent as well as United’s failure to sign a senior central midfielder last summer following an extended Rodrigo De Paul pursuit.
“Listen, Leeds have exceeded our expectations,” Campbell told Football Insider. “Do they need to sign a midfielder? They have only just come up so they have done well.
“We are talking about the Premier League. Brighton dealt with them but Brighton can play.
“If Leeds are not blowing everyone away, it is not the end of the world. They have to adjust to the Premier League.
“While they may bring in some more quality, I do not think it is necessary.
“When you are looking at names the squad is thin but they will get by. They are not going to blow their budget just because they struggle when Kalvin Phillips is not fit.
“Phillips is an England international, when he is not there you are going to feel it. When he is not there, the players they do have need to step up.”