It's Phillips decision

01 Oct 2021 07:43 am, by Ellandback1


Good Morning. It's Friday 1st October, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...


It's Phillips decision

Marcelo Bielsa was very philosophical when asked about Kalvin Phillips Elland Road future, during his pre match presser yesterday. Instead of laying the law down as many Managers have done in the past, the Argentine gave a very balanced response, and put the ball firmly in the players court! Multiple media sources indicate that Manchester Utd have turned their attention to the Yorkshire Pirlo, after switching their attention from Declan Rice, because of the 90 m price tag attached to the West Ham midfielder.

Sources close to Elland Road insist Phillips is happy at Leeds, yet a new contract worth 70k a week may sweeten the deal further. That doesn't necessarily mean Phillips will stay long term, it just means a potential buyer will have to stump up more money for him. With respect to Manchester Utd, any of the top four would break the bank for Phillips. A fee of between £90m - £100m seems a sensible amount, whilst the red side of Manchester are hoping for a lot less than that. According to Bielsa...

That’s a question that Kalvin needs to answer. Of course for us he’s a very valuable player and we have to adapt ourselves to how he feels belonging to Leeds in the measure that his career develops. I have seen in him, a conduct that I very rarely seen in a player in how football is right now.

For a player to decline a team above the level where he is at, due to the love of a club where he’s at, it’s not frequent. And I have the certainty that Kalvin is going to enjoy for the rest of his life, the decisions he makes. He will be loved definitively in the place where he was born and where he belongs.

When you go for the money or the evolution, you resolve a moment in your sporting career, but when you opt for the affection of your people, you resolve in commas your life forever, because when you are loved where you are from, the possibilities to be happy increase.




What to do with £100m

This is a completely hypothetical question, but if Phillips did leave, who would you bring in, and what would be the estimated cost?





No end in sight for Koch

It was revealed yesterday during Marcelo Bielsa's press conference that German International centre-back Robin Koch may continue to be sidelined for some time! He sustained a groin strain during the latter stages of the Manchester Utd mauling on the opening day of the season, almost seven weeks ago. To make matters worse, there is no end in sight as Bielsa explains...

Koch has a problem in his pubis which is a very rebellious injury where there is no prognostic of when he will be recovered because it can last a short period or a long period of time so that is subject to his evolution.

Reading between the lines (or at least I hope I am) Koch is responding well to treatment, and hopes to be back soon!




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Bongo1874 wrote on 03 Oct 2021 06:28 pm

You are in for a shock 👍 that's all I'm saying, I said kalvin would stay, and I'm told the deal is done.

Great result yesterday, major investment coming believe me.

White Riot wrote on 02 Oct 2021 06:18 am

Cjay wrote: Fri Oct 01, 2021 7:27 pm Be amazed if Bielsa was here next season.

Think this is his last, expect that if as expected we finish below 9th this season he will see that as the end of his spell and leave with the belief that he has taken this group as far as he can and someone else can do the rebuild.

Fully expect either Raph or KP to go in the summer.
Yeah, unfortunately it's definitely got that feel about it.

But, hey, let's hope we turn the corner today and go on a long winning streak, and finish at least 8th and this convinces MB there's value in staying here.

Cjay wrote on 01 Oct 2021 10:47 pm

White Riot wrote: Fri Oct 01, 2021 7:43 pm Cheers Cjay.

For me I just don't see how we replace a player with the personal commitment and talent of KP. He's a piece of gold and the team needs to be built around him to generate stability and success.

Yeah, Orta's still a worry for me.

On the plus side: Meslier, Struijk and Raphinha are very good players bought cheaply.

Minus side: JKA, Rodrigo, Koch n Llorente. JKA was a disaster. Rodders, seems like MB wanted an alternative striker who could be moulded into a 10. Jury is still out on that one. Koch has missed lots of matches through injury, good at CB, but never a DCM for me, Scum shredded him. Llorente, very talented and a real asset, but amazingly injury prone.

Plus, why would you give Roberts a new contract?
You wont find someone as committed to the LUFC cause as KP absolutely not, he is a boyhood fan. I dont doubt for a second that we could find a similarly talented individual though for far less than £100million however.

If you had confidence in the DOF then it wouldnt be the worst decision in he world, after all its how Leicester have done what they have done.

But we havent got as effective a recruitment team as that and given only 1 of our permanent Premier League signings (who weren't here previously on loan) has proven to be a total success i havent the faith in Orta and co to be confident the cash would be spent well.

White Riot wrote on 01 Oct 2021 07:43 pm

Cjay wrote: Fri Oct 01, 2021 7:29 pm Great Post :clap:

Hypothetically £100mil should be enough to improve a starting 11.

In theory it would enable us to fix multiple issues and are players of KP's level available abroad for a lot less money? Absolutely.

But do we really trust Orta to spend it well? Not for me
Cheers Cjay.

For me I just don't see how we replace a player with the personal commitment and talent of KP. He's a piece of gold and the team needs to be built around him to generate stability and success.

Yeah, Orta's still a worry for me.

On the plus side: Meslier, Struijk and Raphinha are very good players bought cheaply.

Minus side: JKA, Rodrigo, Koch n Llorente. JKA was a disaster. Rodders, seems like MB wanted an alternative striker who could be moulded into a 10. Jury is still out on that one. Koch has missed lots of matches through injury, good at CB, but never a DCM for me, Scum shredded him. Llorente, very talented and a real asset, but amazingly injury prone.

Plus, why would you give Roberts a new contract?

Cjay wrote on 01 Oct 2021 07:29 pm

White Riot wrote: Fri Oct 01, 2021 12:30 pm Preferred option would be to keep hold of KP but there are a lot of variables involved in that occurring.

Will Bielsa stay beyond this season?
Where will we finish this season?
If we're relegated you can kiss goodbye to KP, Raphinha, Meslier and probably Koch, Llorente and Rodrigo.
If we have a bottom half finish is KP gonna be happy with that?
He's an England regular, and will want to be competing for trophies, he's said himself that he'd like to do that with Leeds, but how long will he be prepared to wait for us to challenge for trophies and play in Europe, etc?
Will Leeds show sufficient ambition for him, such as improving the squad and keeping hold of our better players?
Will he get some help in midfield, he's got the luxury of Rice alongside him with England, but seems to be fighting a lone battle in that Leeds midfield?
How much influence will his England mates have on his career choices?
E.G. White and Grealish are following their stars. West Ham are doing very well so that's helping to keep Rice there.
Will £100 million get us a player as good and as committed to Leeds as Kalvin?
I'm thinking Rice, but if KP ain't happy here then I doubt Rice would come here, that's his buddy.
So MB is correct, lots to think about for KP, but so far he's done right by Leeds and they've done right by him.
Great Post :clap:

Hypothetically £100mil should be enough to improve a starting 11.

In theory it would enable us to fix multiple issues and are players of KP's level available abroad for a lot less money? Absolutely.

But do we really trust Orta to spend it well? Not for me