Mills: Bielsa told to start Phillips and axe £13m Leeds man v Burnley after update
Danny Mills has called on Marcelo Bielsa to axe Robin Koch from the Leeds United starting XI in favour of Kalvin Phillips against Burnley on Saturday.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Whites and England defender insisted it is vital that Phillips starts the last three games of the season so he can make England’s squad for the European Championships.
The 25-year-old was introduced from the bench in Leeds’ last game against Tottenham after missing the trip to Brighton & Hove Albion completely.
Bielsa revealed in his pre-Burnley press conference that Phillips was fully fit.
Asked if he expected him to replace Koch at Turf Moor, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “I hope so.
“I obviously want Kalvin Phillips to go to the Euros. He needs these next three games to say to Gareth Southgate ‘Look, I’m fit. I’m over this injury.’
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“Coming on is sort of irrelevant. It doesn’t say you’re fit or not. If he plays these next three games it shows he’s fit and ready to go to the Euros.
“Declan Rice is still out and we’re still not sure of Jordan Henderson. He has a real opportunity, if he can prove his fitness, then he can make the Euros squad.
“It’s more important from an England perspective than a Leeds perspective to show he’s fit and can get in that squad.”
Koch, a reported £13million summer signing from SC Freiburg, filled in for Phillips against Tottenham and Brighton.
The Germany international is a centre-back by trade but has not started a game in defence since suffering a knee injury in December.