Date: 15th July 2019 at 10:26am
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Tottenham have been recently linked with a move for Kalvin Phillips, but they risk having a bloated squad if the £10k-per-week midfielder signs this summer. Mauricio Pochettino already has Eric Dier, Moussa Sissoko, Tanguy Ndombele, Victor Wanyama and Harry Winks at his disposal, so he may have to offload an existing player to make room for a new arrival.

Phillips has made 141 appearances in all competitions for Leeds United, scoring and creating 18 goals. The 23-year-old has been a regular at Elland Road for three seasons and finds himself being linked with numerous Premier League clubs after impressing in the Championship.

Last season, he contributed four goals in 46 league games (including playoffs), created 28 chances, made 23 successful dribbles (74%), averaged 59 passes-per-game with 82% accuracy, won 114 aerial duels (55%), blocked 59 passes/crosses/shots, made 113 clearances and averaged a tackle (116) or interception (59) every 21 minutes.

Phillips would be a good addition to the Tottenham squad, but he might struggle for regular football due to the stiff competition for places. Daniel Levy might not want to part with £30m for a player that won’t be a regular next season, so other transfer targets should be made a priority.

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