Leeds may already have the heir to Phillips’ throne in teenage prodigy wanted by PSG – opinion
Leeds defensive-midfielder Kalvin Phillips has been the subject of a lot of praise from the media in recent weeks, after he produced another superb display in the Whites’ 1-0 win against Everton last time out.
The 25-year-old academy graduate has established himself as an England international since Leeds’ promotion back to the top-flight during the summer and it is unsurprising therefore that he is attracting interest from sides such as Liverpool and Spurs in recent times.
Fortunately for Marcelo Bielsa’s side, if the ‘Yorkshire Pirlo’ does opt to leave the club in the near future, the club may already have a direct replacement lined up in academy talent, Nohan Kenneh.
Despite being just 17-years-old, he has been a regular in Leeds’ U’23 side this season having made three appearances in all competitions.
It has also been suggested recently that he has been training with Bielsa’s first-team, so he is clearly well-known by the Argentinian manager, and it perhaps won’t be too long until we see the youngster make his first appearance for the Elland Road outfit.
If he can go on to have anywhere near the impact that Phillips has had since his progression into the Leeds first-team, then he will surely prove to be a very popular player indeed.
Since making his debut for the club as a 19-year-old in 2015 under Neil Redfearn, the midfielder has gone on to make 188 appearances for the Whites, contributing 12 goals and 11 assists, per Transfermarkt.
Therefore, it seems that Kenneh has the ideal role-model in Phillips, and he will surely be hoping to emulate the 25-year-old’s career progression in the coming years, with both Leeds United and England, where he is currently playing at U’17 level.
Considering PSG have been linked with the youngster in recent times, you would imagine the club would need to promote him to the first-team quickly, otherwise, he may have his head turned.
With Leeds having been drawn away against League Two opposition in Crawley Town in the FA Cup third round, perhaps Bielsa could give Kenneh an opportunity to start there in January.
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