Pundit: Phillips tipped to quit Leeds this summer for blockbuster move
Frank McAvennie insists Kalvin Phillips won’t be at Leeds United much longer if he carries on performing for England.
The former West Ham hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, can’t believe how impressive the midfielder was this weekend.
Phillips, 25, turned in a performance of the highest quality as England beat Croatia 1-0 at Wembley.
Can we just talk about this guy? 🤩 pic.twitter.com/h5xgRJS6Qo
— England (@England) June 13, 2021
He provided the assist for Raheem Sterling’s winner as the Three Lions’ Euro 2020 campaign got off to the best possible start.
Phillips found himself in a more attacking role at times, something he hasn’t done too often under Marcelo Bielsa’s leadership.
McAvennie claims Phillips will go to the “very top” and admits his “Yorkshire Pirlo” nickname is appropriate.
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“If he keeps going the way he’s going then we’ll see,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.
“No disrespect to Leeds, they are a massive club with great fans but he won’t be there much longer. He could move this summer if he carries on.
“If he has a couple more games like that a massive club will come calling. What do they call him? The Yorkshire Pirlo?
“That’s brilliant. He’s more than Pirlo, he’s a wee pitbull. The boy has all the grace and style you want from a midfielder.
“He’s come from nowhere. I didn’t know much about him. He will go right to the very top.
“However, I hope he has absolute stinker on Friday and you can quote me on that.”
England face Scotland at Wembley on Friday.
The Scots lost their first Euro 2020 group game 2-0 to the Czech Republic.