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‘He is one of the best’: Tim Sherwood says ‘wonderful’ Leeds player would be great for Spurs


Tim Sherwood believes Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips would improve Tottenham Hotspur, writes the Boot Room.

The pundit was speaking on the Kelly & Wrighty Show ahead of this weekend’s return to Premier League action.

Tottenham struck gold in January by bringing Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevski to N17.

That said, there’s scope for Antonio Conte to bolster his midfield further in summer, despite Bentancur’s arrival.

Tanguy Ndombele’s future at Spurs is extremely uncertain, as is that of Harry Winks.

Meanwhile, Phillips is one of the best – and potentially most in-demand – midfielders in the Premier League.

The 26-year-old helped Leeds finish in the top half last year before starring for England at Euro 2020.

After returning to Elland Road, Phillips resumed his role as an integral part of the Leeds line-up.

However, he only featured 12 times in the league before picking up a hamstring injury.

Phillips is now closing in on a return and could even be back in the XI against Southampton on Saturday.

“He’ll want to better himself”

Sherwood acknowledges that Phillips is Leeds through and through, but feels he’ll want to win trophies.

And if the Whites can’t fulfil the midfielder’s ambitions, then Sherwood feels the player will want to move on.

Leeds are his club,” said the former Spurs boss.

“You cut in him in half and he’ll bleed white. He really cares about the football club.

“It’s all whatever is in his mind. Is he going to leave for money?

“I don’t think he’s that type of player. I think he’s a trophy man.

“He’ll want to better himself and feel like he needs to play on a regular basis to stay in the England team.”

Sherwood feels Phillips – who David James has deemed “wonderful” – won’t be a regular starter at the big two.

By contrast, he appeared to hint that the Three Lions ace should move to Manchester United, Tottenham or Arsenal.

“If he goes to Man City is he going to play every week?” wondered Sherwood.

“They are the sort of teams, Liverpool and Man City, I’m not sure he plays for them every week he if goes.

Manchester United he certainly does, he improves them. He would improve Tottenham and Arsenal.”

In terms of a ballpark figure, Aston Villa are reportedly preparing a £60million offer for Phillips.

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