Newcastle United transfer target left 'frustrated and gutted' by poor form with new club

OFF: Kalvin Phillips.OFF: Kalvin Phillips.
OFF: Kalvin Phillips. | Getty Images
One reported Newcastle United target has endured a poor start to life at his new club.

Newcastle United transfer target Kalvin Phillips has admitted he is ‘frustrated and gutted’ by a difficult start to his loan spell at Premier League rivals West Ham United.

The England midfielder was strongly linked with a move to St James Park during the summer transfer window and those links resurfaced in January as the Magpies look to boost their options in midfield. However, Manchester City’s reported demands of a £6m loan fee meant the deal remained out of reach for United and that allowed West Ham to step in and secure a loan agreement during the final days of the window.

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Things have been far from easy for Phillips since his temporary switch to the London Stadium as he marked his debut by giving away an early goal with a poor backpass in a 1-1 home draw with Bournemouth. Phillips was named amongst the substitutes a 3-0 loss against Manchester United and his bad form continued as he gave away another goal with a poor error at Old Trafford.

After coming off the bench in last weekend’s 6-0 hammering against Arsenal, Phillips returned to the starting line-up for Saturday’s trip to Nottingham Forest - but was shown a red card as his side crashed to a 2-0 loss at the City Ground.

Reflecting on his awkward start to his loan spell with West Ham, Phillips told BBC Sport: "They say bad luck comes in threes, so let's hope I've had my three pieces of it and I can kick on now. I wanted this to be a fresh start, to really get my head down and go for it. It's not gone as I would have hoped. Everyone can see that. But I know football. I'm experienced enough to know that if I get my head down and grit my teeth and do the basics right, that things will turn.

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"There are certain things you need to do on a football pitch. OK, I was training with the best team in the world, but games get you sharper. You can train all you like but you are never going to really get match fit and match sharp unless you play games. So, that's the reason I'm frustrated and gutted.”

Phillips will now serve a one-match ban following his red card as he sits out next Monday’s home clash with Brentford.

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