Leeds are looking firmly on course to win promotion this season but if they do blow it, then Sheffield United need to rekindle their interest in Kalvin Phillips.
The Blades were linked with a £20m move for Phillips in February. This, despite the Leeds star having signed a new deal at Elland Road in September.
Leeds moved seven points clear of third placed Fulham at the weekend. With just 11 games to play in the Championship, it would take a catastrophic collapse from Marcelo Bielsa’s men to blow it this time around.
However, last season showed things are never done and dusted in the Championship. Leeds ultimately blew their chance around this time last year when Sheffield United and Norwich pulled clear in the top two.
And if that proves to be the case again, the Blades would be daft not to really push for a deal to land Phillips.
Tough decisions ahead
The signing of Sander Berge in January showed Sheffield United are willing to spend big to ensure success. At just 22-years-old, Berge is a signing for the future and should prove shrewd business by the club.
Chris Wilder has always spoken about moving forward. He’s also spoken of the tough decisions he has to make as a manager. Those tough decisions will become more frequent in the coming years as he has to move on players who have done so much for him.
But bringing in the likes of Phillips would mean making those sorts of decisions. Phillips’ natural position is where Ollie Norwood currently plays for the Blades. With Berge also better suited to a deeper role, the addition of Phillips could mean the end for Norwood.
A worthwhile move if it can be done
When it comes to midfielders in the Championship, few are better than Kalvin Phillips. His influence on this current Leeds team cannot be questioned.
Indeed, when Phillips missed three games in a row through suspension, Leeds struggled. They scraped past Millwall 3-2 before losing two games in a row against Wigan and Nottingham Forest.
Since that Forest loss and Phillips’ return, Leeds haven’t lost a game. It goes without saying, then, that he is a vital commodity in any success Leeds wish to have.
If Sheffield United do qualify for Europe and Leeds somehow blow their chance, then the Blades simply have to make their move.