A certain Ivan Sunjic was said to be on Leeds United's radar during the summer.
Phillips wound up staying at Leeds - and later signing a new contract - while Sunjic ultimately joined Birmingham City in a £6 million deal [Mail].
The Championship can be an intimidating league for foreign imports, but Sunjic has enjoyed a brilliant start and it got even better on Friday.
The Croatia international played a blinder in the Blues' 2-1 win over Middlesbrough last night, stationing himself as Pep Clotet's sentry in midfield, constantly breaking up the visitors' attacks.
Here's how Birmingham fans reacted to his display:
How about that Crowley cross Jesus him and sunjic are different class #bcfc— David Owen (@daozman888) October 4, 2019
Monstrous performance. Midfield balance bang on the money. Sunjic immense, crowley im lost for words. Roberts outstanding at the back, Colin being colin #bcfc— George (@GeoSewell) October 4, 2019
Bellingham and Sunjic were different gravy in the middle Bellingham helped the transition to the front four may have been one part we’ve been missing #bcfc— About to get Chenged! (@DongAndChengOut) October 4, 2019
Sunjic is the best signing we’ve made in years, unreal talent— Jack Hearn (@jsh1875) October 4, 2019
Sunjic= premier league material. Don’t wanna hear nothing else. #bcfc— Elliott Palmer (@Elliott97667454) October 4, 2019
Sunjic is a different level to any championship midfielder I’ve seen £6 million such a bargain! Always have to do it the hard way #bcfc— Jack Hearn (@jsh1875) October 4, 2019
Ivan Sunjic is some player— Thomas (@tpfo_football) October 4, 2019
Leeds, who focused mainly on loan signings this past summer, would not have splurged the £6 million that City did anyway, so they didn't exactly miss out.
But it's clear to see that Sunjic is a fantastic talent and Marcelo Bielsa was certainly on the right track in wanting him in West Yorkshire.
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