Kalvin Phillips Everton transfer could be a gamble worth taking amid takeover saga

A golden opportunity to revive the career of a top talent or a desperate move for a busted flush, claims that Everton are chasing Kalvin Phillips are bound to divide opinion.

Sky Sports’ Vinny O’Connor reports that Everton are looking at taking Phillips on loan from Manchester City. There is no doubting the pedigree of a player once dubbed ‘The Yorkshire Pirlo’ but after an underwhelming loan spell at West Ham United in the second half of this season, the 28-year-old's current stock is low.

Snapped up by David Moyes on January 26, Phillips endured a nightmare debut at home to Bournemouth on February 1 as his error in the third minute, passing the ball to visiting striker Dominic Solanke, gifted the Cherries a goal in a 1-1 draw.

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The 28-year-old went on to make just eight appearances in total for the Hammers but failed to complete a match and over than his aforementioned first outing, he only played more than 45 minutes once in a 2-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest.

Overcoming a tough upbringing as one of four children raised in poverty as his mother worked two jobs while his father was in prison, Phillips became a big fan favourite at his home city club Leeds United, playing 234 matches for the Elland Road outfit and scoring 14 goals across eight seasons, the latter two of which were in the Premier League.

His form earned him a £42million transfer across the Pennines to Manchester City in July 2022 but like Jack Rodwell who departed Everton in similar circumstances a decade earlier, Phillips found out that the grass wasn’t necessarily greener at the Etihad Stadium.

Struggling to establish himself in the side – he’s still only ever started two Premier League games for City – Phillips also suffered the ignominy of manager Pep Guardiola claiming he was overweight, a remark that the Catalan later apologised for.

Given that the takeover saga remains unresolved at Everton and funds remain tight at Goodison Park, perhaps director of football Kevin Thelwell and Sean Dyche see Phillips as a risk worth taking to bolster their midfield but given his recent struggles, he would certainly represent a gamble.