[GOOGLE NEWS FOOT UK] 🔵 Leeds United notebook as Kalvin Phillips is urged to find a ‘home again’ – Shango Media

[GOOGLE NEWS FOOT UK] 🔵 Leeds United notebook as Kalvin Phillips is urged to find a ‘home again’

Ex-Premier League forward Chris Sutton believes Kalvin Phillips could rejoin Leeds United this summer. The England international has lost his way since leaving Elland Road, failing to make a big impact at Manchester City or West Ham United.

Phillips moved to the capital in the January transfer window but has not managed to hit top form for the Hammers. His indifferent performances have led to him receiving criticism from West Ham fans and pundits in recent weeks. Speculation is mounting that the Whites will look to bring him back to West Yorkshire come the end of the campaign.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Monday Night Club, ex-Celtic and Chelsea striker Sutton said: « There is an outstanding footballer in there. He needs regular game time, but where will that be?

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« Maybe he will end up back at Leeds, as it is a place where he feels at home and gets full support. He seems like a thoroughly decent guy so for his sake, he needs to find a home again and feel wanted.

« He looks like a guy at the end of his tether and like a fish out of water. »

Central midfielder Phillips was an unused substitute last night as West Ham were held to a draw by Tottenham. Kurt Zouma’s header cancelled out Brennan Johnson’s fifth minute opener.

Three-horse race

The battle for automatic promotion in the Championship is now a three-horse race, according to former United midfielder Carlton Palmer. Ipswich Town sit top of the pile, a point ahead of the Whites and two clear of third-placed Leicester City.

Southampton lost ground in the fight for a top-two finish over the Easter period, picking up just one point from two outings. It means the Saints are 12 points adrift of the automatic promotion places, albeit they do have two games in hand on United.

Palmer told Football League World: “Ipswich Town and Leeds United are setting an unbelievable pace; five wins Ipswich have had in their last six games, one defeat. Four wins for Leeds and two draws have seen Ipswich and Leeds take over the top two places. Leicester City have a game in hand, and should they win that game in hand that would put them on 88 points, and they would top the league.

“But Leicester haven’t been going great of late, three defeats in their last six games and only two wins, so the form teams at the minute are Ipswich and Leeds. I think that late defeat to Ipswich has certainly put Southampton out of the running for the automatic places, in my opinion, and I think they will have to settle for a place in the play-offs and, like I said, whoever settles in the play-offs, whoever goes up, the three best teams in the Championship are Ipswich, Leeds and Leicester.”

FA Youth Cup semi-final details

United welcome Millwall to Elland Road tomorrow evening, kick-off 7pm, looking to book a place in the final of the prestigious competition. As of Tuesday morning, 8,800 tickets had already been snapped up.

A statement on the Whites’ website read: « This is an opportunity to show your unwavering support for our young talents as the winner of this tie will progress into the final and travel away from home, to face the winner of Manchester City vs Bristol City in the other semi-final.

« Let’s pack Elland Road to capacity and create an electrifying atmosphere for our Academy, as they look to make history. »

Tickets are priced at £6 for adults and £3 for concessions. Should United win, it will be the first time they have reached the final since 1997.

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