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Is Kalvin Phillips's Leeds future secure?

Scott Parker of Fulham clashes with Kalvin Phillips of Leeds United and is sent off during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Leeds United at Craven Cottage on March 7, 2017...

Could the addition of reported target Lewis Baker negatively affect Kalvin Phillips at Leeds?

Kalvin Phillips of Leeds United in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Leeds United at City Ground on August 26, 2017 in Nottingham, England.

Leeds United have a lot of work to do before they are ready to challenge for Premier League promotion, but central midfield isn't one area that needs strengthening.

Nevertheless, it looks like Leeds are about to bolster their midfield options anyway, with The Mirror [19:55, 29/06/2018] reporting on Friday that Chelsea's Lewis Baker  - worth around £4.8 million, according to Transfermarkt - has undergone a medical at Thorp Arch ahead of a permanent move.

If and when that deal goes through, new head coach Marcelo Bielsa will have Ronaldo Vieira, Adam Forshaw, Kalvin Phillips, Eunan O'Kane, Mateusz Klich and Baker as options in the middle of the park.

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Some might say you can never have enough midfielders, but six might be overkill when only two can play and although O'Kane will do well to stay in West Yorkshire beyond the summer, could Phillips also be at risk?

Kalvin Phillips of Leeds United in action during The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Sutton United and Leeds United at Borough Sports Ground on January 29, 2017 in Sutton,...

Barring a solid start to the season, the 22-year-old struggled for much of the 2017-18 campaign and incurred the wrath of the Leeds faithful, despite being an academy graduate.

Is he better than Vieira, Forshaw or Baker? Probably not. Is Phillips even better than Klich, who was barely given chances by Thomas Christiansen last season, before being shipped out on loan to FC Twente?

Few would expect the Thorp Arch graduate to leave as it stands, but the reality is that Phillips might have to either settle for large periods on the periphery of things next season, or consider leaving the Whites for the regular football that he probably won't get under Bielsa.

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