Where are the benefits for Leeds if Kalvin Phillips is called up for England?
England are still waiting for one of their defensive midfield players to step up and really nail down the position.
This has repeatedly led to Leeds supporters calling for Kalvin Phillips to get a chance, which based on his form, is a valid suggestion.
It’s always rare for Championship players to get into the England squad, but the calls for Phillips are growing.
Pundit Danny Higginbotham has told The Sun that he believes Phillips could be the answer.
While this would validate suggestions from Leeds fans, there should really be no rush from a supporter perspective for Phillips to get called up.
Where are the benefits for Leeds?
Yes this would raise the profile of Leeds United even further and shine a positive light on the work Marcelo Bielsa is doing.
It would be great PR for the club, but there are no tangible benefits on the pitch for the Whites.
And in recent seasons whenever the media spotlight has shone on Leeds’ positive form and progress, this has led to an inevitable dip.
Phillips is playing superbly at the moment and merits a call-up, but it is better for Leeds that he goes under the radar.
Leeds had to fight to keep hold of Phillips in the summer transfer window, and if he gets called into the England squad it will be even tougher.
In the event he goes to Euro 2020 with England and Leeds miss out on promotion, it will surely be game over when it comes to keeping hold of him.
A call up raises the stakes and pressure on Leeds to finally achieve their goal.
Add to that the distraction for Phillips on and off the pitch and added injury risk with more games for him, and it’s just better that he stays slightly under the radar.
Phillips is England’s best kept secret, and while recognition is good, Leeds shouldn’t be in any rush to tell the whole world just yet.
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