After being benched by Pep Guardiola for the entirety of Manchester City’s 3-1 victory over West Ham, Kalvin Phillips must be angry.
The England international was listed as a replacement but didn’t play a single minute.
Well, after joining Manchester City for £45 million from Leeds United in July 2022, the 27-year-old has only occasionally started in the Premier League.
Phillips has yet to make a Premier League start this season after starting just two games in the 2022–23 season.
Although Mateo Kovacic and Kevin De Bruyne were injured, the Yorkshire Pirlo, as he was affectionately known at Elland Road, undoubtedly believed he would receive some playing time on Saturday at the London Stadium.
Phillips was prepared to fill in because he also started England’s 3-1 victory over Scotland on Tuesday.
Even when Erling Haaland secured all three points in the 86th minute, Guardiola chose not to give him even a brief cameo, which undoubtedly infuriated the Manchester City No. 4 in east London.
Many believe Kalvin Phillips will depart Manchester City.
Phillips has been predicted by an unnamed football agent to leave the Etihad Stadium in January as a result of his lack of playing time.
The unnamed participant voted for Phillips in The Athletic’s analysis of the summer transfer window when it came to the section involving the most likely January transactions to occur.
We are unable to disagree.
In the end, everything hinges on what Phillips wants at this point in his career.
The Leeds-born virtuoso has two options: he can choose to stay at Manchester City and win a potential sextuple of trophies this season, or he may choose to go and once again establish himself as a major player elsewhere, like he did in Yorkshire.
Phillips was passed over by Guardiola on Saturday, so hopefully he is not too discouraged.