Leeds United are set to lose Kalvin Phillips to Manchester City this summer the athlete reports that a transfer fee has been agreed between the two clubs.
Luckily for Leeds, Phil Hay has reported that the Whites will be looking for a replacement and interestingly, Leeds have been linked with Christian Eriksen in recent days.
We know what you’re thinking, Eriksen is absolutely nothing like Kalvin Phillips. After all, one is a destructive number six while Eriksen is your creative prototype number 10.
However, during his time at Inter Milan, Eriksen showed he could thrive in a deeper role in a 3-5-2 and, interestingly, his performances in that position have been compared to Andrea Pirlo.
“Eriksen is the complete midfielder as he can play both wide and in a deeper role. I see him very similar to Pirlo, so he could also play in front of the defence. He can see the passing lines and shoot from a distance,” said Carlo Ancelotti said about the midfielder.
Ancelotti isn’t the only viewer who has compared Eriksen to Pirlo in the past. Antonio Cassano was also quick to point out the similarities between the two.
“We’re talking about a real champion. He just needed confidence, it’s not like he needs to be taught things. Conte changed his mind about him, now I hope he leaves Eriksen (to play) and gives him the confidence,” said Cassano, the former Roma, Real Madrid and Italy ace.
“The situation reminds me of Pirlo at Juventus. At first he wasn’t part of Conte’s plans, but under pressure from the board, he gave him another chance. Conte invented the 3-5-2 system and won everything there was to win.”
The Pirlo comparison is particularly interesting as Phillips has long been known as ‘The Yorkshire Pirlo’ at Leeds United and while Eriksen is nowhere near a copy of Phillips, there is reason to believe he could be considered his replacement act in Leeds.
While Eriksen lacks the physicality of Phillips, that side of the game could be covered by Marc Roca, who has reportedly increased over the past two years.
Eriksen could certainly take on the quarterback role at Leeds, he’s one of the best long passers in the game and while more attacking than Phillips he has the tactical ability to adapt to any position.
If Jesse Marsch is to play his patented 4-2-2-2 next season, Roca and Eriksen could be a great partnership combining finesse and physicality in the middle of the park.
Leeds could lose the Yorkshire Pirlo but they could pick up the Danish version for free at the end of the month.
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