Phillips linked with Elland Road return

20 Mar 2024 09:09 am, by Ellandback1

Good Morning. It's Wednesday 20th March, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...

Phillips linked with ER return

Kalvin Phillips could make a sensational return back to Elland Road this Summer if the back pages of the tabloids are to be believed. The 28 year old is currently out on loan with West Ham, but after a disastrous start to 2024, he sits bottom (24th) of their 'Whoscored' roster with a woeful 5.89 rating. Initially, the Hammers were interested in making the move permanent, but after 21 months out in the Citeh wilderness, the lad from Wortley has lost his way.

Manchester City are expecting to recoup much of the £42m they paid for him two Summers ago, though the truth of the matter (however harsh it sounds) is that for much of Leeds previous campaign, Phillips inclusion in the squad was as much to do with reputation as it was his performances on the pitch.

No doubt Leeds sold him at the right time, but thats not to say he couldn't do a job at Leeds, if the price was right (£10m - £15m).

Foxes still favourites to lift Championship title

Foxes Manager Enzo Maresca must now be regretting his choice words prior to the top of the table clash with Leeds almost four weeks ago. With three defeats, two wins and a draw, his side have slipped down to 15th place in the form guide (six games), and are in serious trouble of missing out on automatic promotion.

Whites fans were outraged with Maresca showing a complete lack of respect towards his opponents, just minutes before kick off, stating "it's a huge game for Leeds. For us, it's just another game". Karma has a way to bite you where it hurts Their once 17 point advantage over Leeds has disappeared. Leicester City are still favourites to lift the title 8/13, with Leeds second 15/8, Ipswich 10/1 and Southampton fourth at 20/1.

Leicester (1/9) and Leeds 2/7) are a long way ahead of both the Tractor boys (5/2) and the Saints (7/1) to finish top two, though Southampton have two games in hand, and have to play both Leeds and Ipswich Town.

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BlancdeBlanc wrote on 21 Mar 2024 08:32 pm

He should go abroad, maybe not Saudi, but a European league might suit him, for his own development too. Never go back, as both Jack Reacher and anyone tempted by an ex would say😬!

Kennyb41 wrote on 21 Mar 2024 04:31 pm

hector wrote: Thu Mar 21, 2024 9:48 am If we offer them 10... They can have Aaronson as well :mrgreen:
I'm actually more interested in Aaronson in DF's hands, than ALL the others put together.

hector wrote on 21 Mar 2024 09:48 am

If we offer them 10... They can have Aaronson as well :mrgreen:

Ellandback1 wrote on 21 Mar 2024 09:26 am

Cjay wrote: Thu Mar 21, 2024 12:34 am Could see them potentially dropping the price maybe a bit.

I don't see them chopping the asking price by nearly 50% based on 6 months when he still has 3.5 years on his contract though.

From my basic understanding of ffp just to break even they'd need to sell for much more than £25mil this summer.

The ffp payments are £7.5mil a season plus wages which even at the lowest end of the estimates are roughly another £7mil per season.

Which makes sense because it was reported they wanted West Ham to pay a £7mil loan fee and full wages which West Ham refused and so was reduced.

If they sell this summer for £25mil it's still a significant ffp loss over the last 3 year cycle

But the £40mil they wanted I think would have given them a very small loss, almost insignificant over the last 3 year cycle :duno:

Hence why they choose that number and didn't accept a smaller fee from West Ham.

Because that £40mil would have basically covered the previous 3 year ffp cycle.

Instead got a few million knocked off his wage cost for the season and a significant incoming to go toward his ffp payment for this season.

So I would think they will try the same this summer, a sale for £35-40mil or a loan with a fee that covers most if not all of his ffp cost for the year plus most of his wages.

Then and only then could I see them agreeing a smaller fee, maybe an option to buy for £25mil summer 2025.
We'll offer £12m, and they can have Rasmus Kristensen. That seems fair.

VinnysTattoo wrote on 21 Mar 2024 09:17 am

The genius of Bielsa turned him from a player a lot of fans wanted gone, into an England regular.

It’s almost he reverted to the pre Bielsa player, especially after a string of injuries.

His career trajectory reminds me of Beckford. Reaching too high for his ability and then a rapid decent.