Joe Wainman, presenter of the Leeds United-based JustJoe Football Show, insists that the club’s fans would have happily sold Kalvin Phillips when Marcelo Bielsa was first appointed as manager.
Bielsa was brought into the club in 2018 and has guided the club from the Championship into the Premier League, while keeping them there last season.
Under his management, Phillips has become one of the best defensive midfielders in Europe, emerging as a key player for both club and country.
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Indeed, Phillips was central to England’s run to the Euro 2020 final, as he forged a superb understanding with fellow midfielder Declan Rice.
And Wainman believes that much of his improvement is down to Bielsa’s management, while he has also drawn attention to the development of Ben White after he moved to Arsenal for £50 million.
Indeed, White spent the 2019/20 season on loan at Elland Road as the club were promoted, and Wainman has hailed Bielsa’s impact on the pair.
He said: “What he’s done with players like Ben White, let’s not forget that Ben White was on loan at Peterborough and now he’s going to Arsenal for £50 million.
“Kalvin Phillips, a lot of Leeds fans would have sold him and wouldn’t have minded if he’d have moved on when Bielsa first came in, and now he’s playing for England and is one of the best players in his position in world football, for me.”