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From the difficult childhood in Leeds to the pinnacle of world football: Calvin Phillips arrives in Manchester City | Israel today


He saw his father go to jail for drug trafficking and assault, his mother worked two jobs so he could play football until he became a significant screw back in his youth club's Premier League after 16 years Who needed to make another leap

Calvin Phillips

Age: 26

Position: Back contact / 50-50 midfielder

Moves from Leeds to Manchester City

Amount: 43 million euros.

What did he give Leeds?

The boy who grew up a few minutes from Eland Road Stadium, grew up in Leeds' youth department and of course became a fan of it, played 233 games in the white uniform in which he scored 13 goals and cooked the same amount.

Phillips was a key factor in Leeds' return to the Premier League in the summer of 2020 after 16 years and was among the only players to maintain stability this season as he helped it stay in the league after a season that developed far beyond expectations.

The people who saw him grow and improve and reach the England squad for the Euros last summer, are shedding tears of happiness today to see him reach the best team in England, and are sad that they are losing a very important asset of the club.

Phillips in England national team uniform.

Low transfer fee, Photo: Getty Images

What is expected of him in City?

Pep Guardiola has repeatedly said that one of the people he has tried to take elements from for his coaching career is Marcelo Beisla under whom Phillips has made the greatest progress.

The Spaniard who likes to play with one defensive midfielder who knows how to dictate the pace within his middle trio is a method that Phillips is not only used to from his time with the Argentine, but thrived under it.

In Leeds, Phillips played this role and would often dictate the pace of the game.

He is very technical, able to send depth balls and key dedications and distribute perfect dedications to the wings to open the game if he gets stuck for City, but can equally slow down the game and keep the ball on his feet, allowing his teammates to make moves and substitutions on the field.

Phillips also has the ability to partner with another midfielder, should Guardiola choose to use two key ties next season.

A year ago at Euro 2020, a tournament in which he burst into the consciousness of world football fans, he showed he could play excellently alongside Declan Rice in England’s run to the final, when more than once he made a move from second line and tried to risk the opponent’s goal.

We are delighted to announce the signing of @Kalvinphillips on a six-year deal 🤩

Welcome, Kalvin!

💙 # ManCity

- Manchester City (@ManCity) July 4, 2022

The 26-year-old Phillips did not come to take the place of Rodry, whom Guardiola is very fond of and will likely strengthen the rotation.

However, at this point in Phillips' career it may be an amazing connection for both him and the luxury club.

Last season, Phillips suffered a number of annoying injuries that apparently resulted from overload, so Pep will have to gradually get him into the high pace at which he advocates.

It's no secret that City have been looking for a win in the Champions League for several years, and fall year after year when it seems that it lacks among all the beauty that it presents a little roughness that will know how to erupt in the difficult moments.

Phillips who already at a young age saw his father go to jail for drug trafficking and assault, his mother working two jobs to support him and his brothers and sisters, is a guy from the "neighborhood".

One that knows how to get dirty while Kevin de Bruyne and the whole bunch of stars around need someone to scratch the rivalry.

He's here!


- Manchester City (@ManCity) July 4, 2022

As a rule of thumb, a good deal is considered such when fans of the club that sells the player are troubled by his departure and angry if the money they received on him is low according to their expectations.

These two rules are exactly what is happening these days on Leeds fans, something that can be seen at a glance on social media.

It is hard not to agree with the general narrative among them that City have actually paid a low price for the car player in the England squad, especially in the era of big money in recent years.

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Source: israelhayom

All sports articles on 2022-07-04

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