Kalvin Phillips was sold to Leeds United at 10AM on Monday morning, and the search for his replacement is on.
Tyler Adams and Mohamed Camara have been linked, and while both players might be useful for the Whites in that role, our opinion was that the perfect Phillips replacement was, unfortunately, signed by another Premier League club just five minutes before Phillips was officially announced as a Man City player.
We were talking about Fulham's new boy, Joao Palhinha.
In the past, the Portuguese midfielder has been on Leeds' radar, and there's reason to believe that he might have been Phillips' ideal replacement.
If a player wants to take the Yorkshire Pirlo, what do they need? Well, while Phillips' nickname may suggest that his primary skill is his playmaking ability, Leeds supporters know that his true key attributes are his ability to break up play and restore possession.
Palhinha is unsurpassed when it comes to regaining the ball back in the midfield.
Palhinha, according to research from The Athletics, is among the top one per cent of players in terms of defensive intensity and disrupting opposition moves, while he also ranks among the top 10 percent of players in terms of link-up play volume, implying that he might easily have taken up Phillips' role as Leeds quarter-back.
Palhinha has only played in Portugal, but it is important to note that the Athletic's stats were adjusted for Premier League quality, and the Portuguese destroyer remains one of the best in the division.
Palhinha would have been well within Leeds' ballpark with O Jogo reporting in 2020 that the Whites had inquired about the 26-year-old, and he was certainly a player Victor Orta was aware of.
Fulham came first, unfortunately, and while Leeds may have a trick up their sleeves, it's difficult to imagine them signing a midfielder who's as adept at replacing Phillips as Palhinha.