Gabby Agbonlahor has told TalkSPORT on Thursday morning that Manchester City star Kalvin Phillips is in danger of leaving Manchester City after just half a season – and returning to Leeds United, following his first City start last night.
Phillips, 27, has endured a difficult time with injury since joining City from Leeds in the summer. The 25-time England star scraped into the World Cup squad in Qatar, but fall behind Jordan Henderson in the pecking order due to injury.
At City, he was handed his first start for Pep Guardiola’s side on Wednesday night. Only his seventh outing, but he was poor. City suffered a shock 2-0 loss to Southampton, with Sekou Mara and Moussa Djenepo scoring the goals.
Agbonlahor was discussing City’s defeat to the Saints – which sees Southampton get into the Carabao Cup semi-finals. They will face Newcastle United. Agbonlahor claims Phillips is “in danger” of getting “on a coach” back to Elland Road.
“I just feel that Kalvin Phillips is in danger of being on a coach back to Leeds,” Agbonlahor said. “He’s had his injury problems, he has had his weight problems. Last night was the perfect game for him to start and show what he is about.
“Show what he is about. Poor Rodri can’t catch a break. He would’ve been thinking he would be getting a nice rest. 63 minutes, he had to come on because was Phillips was that bad. Couldn’t do anything right – he is in big danger.”
Agbonlahor: Manchester City star Phillips in danger of Leeds return
Phillips left Leeds a legend. Yes, his last season was marred by injury but he helped keep Leeds in the Premier League. It came after a wonderful Euro 2020 campaign, helping England to reach the final and only lose on penalties.
A move to City was deserved. But it is sad to see, as Leeds fans, that Phillips is struggling to go again. His injuries are holding him back and he needs game time. The big question is, is Guardiola going to give him that game time?
The chances of him returning to Leeds seem incredibly unlikely. But, it might be better for Phillips. Go back to Leeds, get 15 games between now and the end of the season under his belt and return to City. Leeds would rather not.