Leeds United rumours: Bielsa target 'destined' for summer exit, Big money interest in Elland Road international
If anybody was unaware of just how good Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips is prior to Euro 2020 kicking off, they surely know now.
The 25-year-old was the star man in the Whites’ 1-0 win over Croatia last weekend, and will be looking to replicate his domineering display when the Three Lions play host to Scotland on Friday evening.
But while the conversation surrounding Phillips has spiked considerably in recent days, England boss Gareth Southgate was not among those taken by surprise.
“Not so much, I think when we have worked with him earlier in the season we came to the end of the matches saying this boy is going to be a really important player for us,” he said.
“He can do every aspect of the game. He can break the game up. He is diligent and, of course, at Leeds they play one-v-one and man-for-man marking so he tracks his runners.
“He’s got a good passing range and he has a goal in him. The role he plays for his club is normally as the pivot, a little bit deeper. But he can get forward and his set-play delivery is good.”
And the England manager, although pleased that his midfielder has been able to emerge from the international shadows gradually, is certain Phillips’ full abilities are now common knowledge.
“I’m pleased in a way that he has been under the radar,” said Southgate. “I think everyone is aware now what he is capable of.”
We’ve gathered the best of today’s Premier League speculation below...