Leeds have a true Phillips heir in Gyabi

Leeds United said goodbye to a club icon in Kalvin Phillips during the summer transfer window and, in the other direction, Manchester City sent Darko Gyabi, who joined the West Yorkshire side for around £5 million.

Marc Roca (Bayern Munich) and Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig) have also joined the club on permanent contracts, helping to bolster Jesse Marsch’s engine room following the loss of such an integral figure.

But it is actually the England U18 international who could hold the keys to replacing Phillips’ influence in the long run.

Although the Premier League champions let him go for such a low figure, he was highly rated on the Etihad campus.

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The Manchester giants haven’t been afraid to let go of their young talents if necessary as Gyabi follows in the footsteps of players such as Jadon Sancho, Brahim Diaz and Kelechi Iheanacho.

After all, the 18-year-old gem is more likely to break into the Leeds first team than he is under Pep Guardiola.

Journalist MEN Simon Bajkowski described Gyabi as a “defensive midfielder who exudes class on the ball while having an impressive physique for his age and a superb drive to support attack as well as defence” in an article describing his talents.

Meanwhile, professional soccer coach Harry Brooks called the starlet a “wonderful talent” on Twitter, where he added:

“He will have made his Premier League debut by the end of the season, I have no doubt. If you build an ideal number 8 in a lab, you would find something like him.

The London-born teenager is yet to make his senior debut for Leeds but has characteristic on the bench in their Premier League opener against Wolverhampton Wanderers, perhaps a sign of things to come.

However, he has already lit it up for the U23 side, having scored and assisted from a defensive midfield role in a 5-1 win over Nottingham Forest – his Fourth appearance for the team in the Premier League 2 competition.

As such, Gyabi might just be the man Marsch and Leeds need to fill that massive void left by Phillips, so you can forget about Roca or even Adams. This could be a very promising future for the old gem of the city at Elland Road.

AND in other news, Elland Road favourite: Orta struck gold at Leeds with a ‘relentless’ £25million ‘machine’…

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Edward L. Robinett