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Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips could top Leeds departure list as EFL life threat provides ultimate incentive ahead of crucial Brentford clash


Leeds United face a defining afternoon when they visit Brentford on Sunday afternoon.

Jesse Marsch’s side take part in the final day contest, which is exclusively live on talkSPORT, knowing they must improve on Burnley’s result against Newcastle in order to preserve their Premier League status for another season.

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Leeds have everything to do before the last weekend of the season

Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips could top Leeds departure list as EFL life threat provides ultimate incentive ahead of crucial Brentford clash

Marsch’s Leeds side have everything to do ahead of the final weekend of the season

If they fail, it could be a long way back.

Before earning promotion to the top flight in the 2019-20 campaign, Leeds had spent 16 years outside the Premier League.

Financial difficulties, ownership changes and countless executive hirings and burnings made it a turbulent time to be a Leeds fan, but after riding under Marcelo Bielsa, many hoped those dark days were over.

If the Brentford clash doesn’t go as planned, it could be the start of another dark era for the club.

If they fall, Leeds will be under significant pressure to reduce their wage bill and raise funds through the sale of players.

Financial fair play dictates that Championship clubs are unable to sustain losses in excess of £39million over a three-year period, which is easy to do given the lack of money available for the television.


Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips could top Leeds departure list as EFL life threat provides ultimate incentive ahead of crucial Brentford clash

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Phillips could end his long association with Leeds this summer, particularly if they suffer relegation

Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips could top Leeds departure list as EFL life threat provides ultimate incentive ahead of crucial Brentford clash

Raphinha attracts great interest from Barcelona

While the parachute payments will cushion the impact, their Premier League players’ high salaries will be a huge expense at this level, meaning some stars may have to be offloaded.

Among the main contenders for sale this summer, regardless of the league they are in, are Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha.

Phillips has endured a frustrating season with injuries preventing him from enjoying the kind of campaign he would have hoped for after thriving for England in last summer’s European Championship.

With the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Aston Villa reportedly keen, it could be very difficult for Leeds to keep him.

Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips could top Leeds departure list as EFL life threat provides ultimate incentive ahead of crucial Brentford clash

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Raphinha unlikely to drop to Championship level

As for Raphinha, it looks like the Brazilian is ready for big things.

Barcelona have been heavily linked with a move for the 25-year-old who has scored 10 goals and provided three assists this season.

While the duo are the most sought after in the first team, Pascal Strujik, Patrick Bamford and youngsters like Joe Gelhardt could also be poached if they go down.

Such sales could give the club a financial boost, but they may not do the club much good in terms of reputation.

Andrea Radrizzani was set to receive some criticism from his supporters last week, with the Leeds CEO hearing chants of ‘sack the board’ during last week’s clash with Brighton at Elland Road.

However, according to Simon Jordan, these chants are “unfathomable”.

Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips could top Leeds departure list as EFL life threat provides ultimate incentive ahead of crucial Brentford clash

Leeds fans will be incredibly nervous ahead of Brentford clash

Responding to Jim White’s comments that such chants won’t help the team, Jordan said, “Not at all.

“I also understand that they were singing for the board to come out and that is unfathomable. This is a club that has languished outside the club for 16 years.

“Whatever you think [Andrea] Radrizzani right now, and whatever you think of the decision to sack Bielsa, this is a club that sat outside the Premier League for 16 years, went through a couple of virtual administrations where Ken Bates pre-packaged them in and out of financial difficulties.

“They couldn’t find their way. They couldn’t find their butts with both hands and a funnel, they went out of league under this owner and now that you’ve got adversity, you’re gonna scream, “sack the board”?

Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips could top Leeds departure list as EFL life threat provides ultimate incentive ahead of crucial Brentford clash

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Criticism from Radrizzani and Leeds board not well received by Simon Jordan

“I don’t know what to say to people like that.”

With Leeds possessing more than their fair share of marketable assets, raising funds this summer won’t be a problem.

However, as far as the fans are concerned, the focus for now will be to avoid relegation and ensure they are not forced to sell players they don’t want.



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