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Man City's Kalvin Philips told he is 'in danger of being on a coach back' to Leeds United

Former Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor has warned Kalvin Phillips that he is "in danger of being on a coach back to Leeds" after his poor performance for Manchester City during their 2-0 defeat to Southampton on Wednesday night.

Pep Guardiola's side were stunned by bottom of the league Southampton during their Carabao Cup quarter-final at St Mary's. The Saints ran out 2-0 winners despite the likes of Erling Haaland, Kevin de Bruyne and Phil Foden all being on the pitch.

Man City, who have won the competition on five out of the last seven occasions, failed to find a way to battle back on the south coast. It was a particularly disappointing night for Phillips, who failed to make the most of his first start for the club.

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Having left Elland Road last summer, Agbonlahor has now told the 27-year-old that he could well be heading back to his former side in the near future.

He told talkSPORT : "I feel Kalvin Philips is in danger of being on a coach back to Leeds because he's had his injury problems, then he's had his weight problems. Then last night was the perfect game for him to start and show what he's about, show why Man City bought him.

"Poor Rodri can't catch a break. He was on the bench last night thinking 'I'm going to get a nice rest today'. Pep's thinking 'Rodri's played every game, most of the minutes, he's going to have a nice 90 minutes off'.

"63 minutes later he had to bring him on because Kalvin Phillips was that bad. He couldn't do anything right in the game and he's in big danger. Pep will not be happy, [Joao] Cancelo was poor, Phillips was poor, Kyle Walker was poor at centre-half, [Sergio] Gomez at left-back was poor.

"Foden, as well he's not been himself recently. There's something going on there after he's signed his new contract he's not been bang at it so Pep's got a lot of decisions to make for the weekend."


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