Leeds United returned to winning ways on Wednesday evening with a massive 2-1 win over Swansea City at Elland Road, a game which saw Kalvin Phillips thrive once again in his natural holding midfield role.
The injury crisis at Leeds this season has forced Phillips to compromise and adapt. Marcelo Bielsa has often deployed the 23-year-old in central defence to deputise in the absence of the likes of Gaetano Berardi and Liam Cooper, but the latter’s return has paved the way for him to seamlessly slot back into the pivot role.
Blending defensive solidity with technical prowess, Phillips has established himself as a vital cog in Bielsa’s free-flowing machine, and the supporters are delighted to see him back in his preferred role.
Alongside Mateusz Klich, Phillips bossed proceedings on Wednesday night and showed the supporters exactly what they were missing during his brief stint in defence, and the quality of his performance drew esteemed praise on Twitter.
The superlatives were exhausted, recycled and rampant on social media, with some fans going as far to suggest that an England call up could be in the offing.
His form in the Championship ought to be noted by Gareth Southgate, but his claims of earning an international call up and putting himself in contention for Euro 2020 will be far more legitimate if he’s plying his trade in the top-flight next season…
Here’s what the Leeds fans had to say about Phillips’ performance on Wednesday:
Was in the east stand tonight. Got to really appreciate the masterclass of kp tonight. Pin point accuracy with his passing. As well as a brilliant defensive performance too
— Barkerz (@THEbarkerboy98) February 13, 2019
Kalvin Phillips was majestic.
— Andrew Thornton (@DrT1974) February 13, 2019
KP player of the year
— Conor Duggan (@ConorDuggan1) February 13, 2019
Should of been 4 up at half time. Phillips is class above. Dictates the game and so composed. Pontus a monster. Just need Clarke and brown in now.
— jayjay82 (@jwh1982) February 13, 2019
Phillips the Yorkshire Pirlooooo
— Matthew Beecham (@__beech) February 13, 2019
He is different gravy
— ASH (@Ashthebashx) February 14, 2019
Kalvin p was next level tonight but also special mention for alioski coz I dunno we’re that lad gets his energy from !!! May not be the best player but never stops running and he’s looking like the real deal now !!
— seni@leeds (@Mjsenior1983) February 14, 2019
Kalvin was unreal. I haven’t been in awe of a performance of a player like that in a while. Klich fantastic defensively too, really solid performance tonight and the most one sided 2-1 ever lol, everyone was just so bloody good very comfortable game. Phillips > Fordham every time
— Ben Sharp (@Ben_Sharp0483) February 13, 2019
Kalvin Phillips is the best player in the championship
— Alfie (@alfiesouthwell1) February 13, 2019
Kalvin Phillips is an unbelievable footballer. He will play for England mark my words #lufc
— Murrier (@MurrierLUFC) February 13, 2019