Report: £160k-a-week star to earn landmark Man City start against Southampton in the Carabao Cup
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Report: £160k-a-week star to earn landmark Man City start against Southampton in the Carabao Cup

The Daily Mail’s ever-reliable Jack Gaughan has reported that Kalvin Phillips is set to earn his first-ever Man City start against Southampton in the Carabao Cup quarter-final.

Since joining City in the summer, Phillips has had a rough time of things, mainly due to his constant injury woes.

Recently as well, Pep Guardiola uncharacteristically revealed to the press that the £160,000-a-week midfielder was ‘overweight’ (via the Independent) upon his return from the World Cup.

However, it seems like Kalvin Phillips is in his Guardiola’s good books again, as he could be handed a start for Man City against Southampton in the Carabao Cup.

Rodri has started a staggering 23 out of a total 27 matches in all competitions this season.

As a result, it was no surprise to see the Spanish international cramp up as Man City beat Chelsea 1-0 in the Premier League recently.

However, a smiling Kalvin Phillips came on to replace Rodri, who may well be the side’s most irreplaceable outfield player.

And now, the former Atletico Madrid anchor could be afforded a well-deserved breather.

Kalvin Phillips in, Rodri out for Man City in their Carabao Cup quarter-final

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Jack Gaughan of the Daily Mail has reported that Kalvin Phillips could be given a start for Man City against Southampton in their upcoming Carabao Cup quarter-final clash.

Further details state that while Pep Guardiola is yet to decide on his starting XI for the contest, he is cognizant of the fact that it would be wise to rest Rodri.

Phillips must instantly impress against Southampton

Considering Kalvin Phillips has had a slow start to life at Man City, as well as the recent attention on him due to his weight, he must impress against Southampton in the Carabao Cup.

In glimpses, it has to be said that Phillips has looked the part in a sky blue shirt.

However, a full start will truly reflect whether the Englishman is ready to perform at the highest level yet.

Considering Bernardo Silva recently admitted that the Man City camp is unhappy chasing Arsenal in the Premier League title race, Kalvin Phillips will need to stand out to help his side win all on fronts in all competitions.

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