Our View: The duo that could have pushed Leeds to the next level will now play together

Our View: The duo that could have pushed Leeds to the next level will now play together ...

Kalvin Phillips has left Leeds United for Manchester City, and the Yorkshire Pirlo will be saying a fitting farewell to his boyhood club as he moves across the Pennines.

Phillips, who has been born and raised in Leeds, will be surprised to see him as the only Leeds supporter at the Etihad.

Phillips will soon be working alongside another long-time Leeds fan in Erling Haaland.

Haaland loves Leeds, and he has previously stated his desire to win the Premier League with the Whites, and he was seen just last year wearing a pair of Leeds United shorts while signing autographs.

At Manchester City, Haaland and Phillips may share a love of Leeds, but in another world, these two might have been combining at Elland Road to take Leeds to the next level.

Back in 2017, Leeds was ever so close to signing Haaland. In fact, Victor Orta had reportedly already had his name written on the back, and we cant help but think how differently things might have gone if United had pursued that goal.

Leeds would have had one of the world's best strikers in their ranks, while Phillips has matured into one of the country's top midfielders.

If things had gone differently, Phillips and Haaland might have constituted a truly world-class core to Elland Road's team that, combined with the likes of Raphinha and others, might have taken Leeds to the next level, but, unfortunately for the Yorkshire club, they will have to sit back and watch as two players who should have played together at Elland Road combine and conquer at the Etihad in the coming years.

Phillips and Haaland might have been the pair to take Leeds to the next level, but now, five years after Haalands' Leeds departure, they're finally getting to play together in Manchester City.

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