Chris Sutton has claimed that Leeds United losing Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha this summer is ‘not a good look’ for the club, as he told BBC Radio 5 Live Sport.
The former Premier League winner added that Leeds have to bulk up the squad if they lose their two ‘star men’ to Manchester City and Arsenal, respectively.
Leeds possibly losing one of those players this summer would have been hard enough, but for both of them to head for the exit door at the same time will take some getting used to.
Reports have already emerged that Leeds have agreed on £42 million fee, with Manchester City, for their academy product, but nothing seems to be at an advanced stage with Raphinha.
Nonetheless, bearing all of that in mind, this is what Sutton had to say about the possible departures of Phillips and Raphinha, and what that means to Leeds themselves.
“What about Kalvin Phillips from Leeds to Manchester City,” said Sutton. “Where does leave Leeds? Their best two players look like they are away.
“Jesse Marsch came in and he kept them up. But that’s not a good look. They are going to have to do some recruiting themselves, Leeds.
“That was a legitimate criticism (on Leeds not bulking up the squad). Bielsa liked to work with a small and thin squad. They got away with it last season.
“But if you are a Leeds fan, and you are thinking ‘blimey, our two star men are off. How are we going to stay in the Premier League next season?’
WILL LEEDS BE BATTLING RELEGATION AGAIN?
That will be the fear for Leeds United heading into the new season, that’s why it’s key they get the deals for Raphinha and Phillips done, as soon as possible.
The last thing Jesse Marsch needs is his two key players leaving just before the summer window slams shut because that will then fester its way into the start of their 2022/23 Premier League campaign.
But, before everyone returns for pre-season, if they are both out of the door, then that will allow the Yorkshire club to further add to the players they have already purchased.
It wouldn’t be a surprise, with three news players already signed by Leeds, that come the end of the window, they are near to double figures because that’s how many players they need.