Newcastle: Pundit urges Magpies to complete Phillips deal in January

By Paul Robinson

9th Nov, 2023 | 6:00am

Pundit urges Newcastle United to complete Kalvin Phillips deal after Guardiola update

Kalvin Phillips “fits the bill” perfectly for Newcastle United amid their interest in a January move.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, former England and Tottenham goalkeeper Paul Robinson backed the Manchester City midfielder to fill in for Sandro Tonali after his 10-month suspension for gambling violations.

As revealed by Football Insider (7 November), Phillips remains the top target for the Magpies ahead of the January transfer window amid the Italian’s absence.

Phillips has struggled for minutes since his £45million move to the Etihad from Leeds United in 2022, playing just 215 minutes for his club this season despite frequent call ups to the England squad.

Robinson is eager the 27-year-old to move to Tyneside and help with Newcastle’s squad depth problems.

“It makes absolute and complete sense for both clubs,” he told Football Insider.

“Pep Guardiola already said that Kalvin could have gone out on loan, but he chose to stay and he still hasn’t got enough minutes.

“He’s had more minutes in an international shirt. For Newcastle, with Tonali being out, they need a direct replacement and a bigger squad for the Champions League.

“We’ve seen them struggle recently with injuries, but they’ve still got the results.

“It was a disappointing loss to Dortmund, but I saw at Wolves that the application was outstanding.

“But I think squad depth is going to be apparent. They paid a lot for Tonali because they needed that type of player, so nothing’s changed between the start of the season and now.

“Kalvin Phillips fits the bill, get it done now”.

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