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Leeds: Nat Phillips might succeed like Ben White did

The Whites may be on track to duplicate their previous promotion success.

Leeds United‘s continued affiliation with the same Premier League mainstay raises the possibility that they will repeat the success that led to their promotion just three years ago.

Are Nat Phillips and Leeds United a match?

There have been many changes since Phil Hay first revealed the Whites’ interest in Nat Phillips in late June.
The 49ers’ takeover has been finalised, and Daniel Farke has been chosen as the team’s new manager to lead their effort to return to the top division.

In spite of all of this turmoil, Leeds Live testified that they are still interested in the Liverpool defender, with Gretar Steinsson and Nick Hammond focusing “most vigour” on the center-back position.

Daniel Farke
Daniel Farke

The Reds are anticipated to demand a £10 million fee for his services, which may prove to be a big coup and greatly enhance them for the upcoming season.

Nat Phillips’ talent level?

The west Yorkshire team does have plenty of recent experience when it comes to trying to make promotion surges, even though it’s not something fans would cherish.

After all, the last time they were demoted from the Premier League, they endured a 16-year hiatus before making a successful comeback under Marcelo Bielsa.

Despite his unceremonious departure, his tenure was mainly successful and rife with notable victories that helped mould the club in his likeness.

Ben White from Brighton and Hove Albion was one such choice, since the defender excelled during that dreadful 2019–20 season.

NAT PHILIPS
NAT PHILIPS

The 25-year-old participated in every one of their 46 Championship games that season, retaining an average rating of 7.06, which placed him as Leeds’ seventh-best player. According to Sofascore, the ball-playing star recorded an 85% pass accuracy, 2.5 interceptions, and 2.7 clearances per game while keeping 22 clean sheets and contributing significantly to Bielsa’s system.

Without White’s tyranny, they would not have won that year’s championship with such easy.

Supporters will be ecstatic to learn that the team is attempting to repeat that success by luring a centre back away from a top-flight club, especially given the fact that the rumoured move would be permanent.
Phillips possesses important defensive qualities that will help address the largest weakness that Farke has inherited, even though he may not be as young or sophisticated on the ball.

The Whites allowed the most goals in their division (78) last season as they dropped to the bottom. The 26-year-old titan will be furious if you drastically cut that number.

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NAT PHILIPS

There is precedence to suppose that the Bolton-born academy product may assist in leading a promotion challenge from the rear just like White did all those years ago, especially in light of his brief Championship tenure, as he enjoyed the final six months of the 2021/22 season on loan with AFC Bournemouth.

According to Sofascore, Phillips maintained a 7.04 average rating, 82% pass accuracy, 1.5 interceptions, and 4.1 clearances per game as the Cherries moved up to second place that season.

Jurgen Klopp, who praised the titan in 2021, had anticipated such outstanding performances on a daily basis: “In the air, he’s a monster but you could see it today, he’s football-wise not bad, really good.”

If the out-of-favor defender were to find such form once more, it might be crucial in resolving a major problem, strengthening the backline, and replicating past successes by looking to a top-flight club to get them out of their mess once more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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