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Leeds’ Kalvin Phillips is the best player in the Championship, says Darren Bent

This article is part of Football FanCast’s Pundit View series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent quotes from journalists, pundits, players and managers…

TalkSPORT usually spout a load of nonsense.

Whether it’s Sam Allardyce saying Manchester United are relegation candidates or Adrian Durham demanding an apology after Spurs were beaten 7-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League, it’s fair to say that the radio station don’t have the best reputation when it comes to providing compelling footballing opinions and analysis.

However, they may have finally got something right this week as Darren Bent named one Leeds United man as the best player in the Championship.

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What’s been said then?

The presenter addressed a tweet he sent out that said one Leeds midfielder was the best player in the Championship while Romaine Sawyers was the best passer in the division, and he asked Darren Bent for his views on the matter.

“I’ve got five [names] on my list, and obviously I can only pick one, but I think I agree with you that Kalvin Phillips is the best player in the Championship, I think he should be in the Premier League, I think Romaine Sawyers should be in the Premier League, those two are good enough to be that midfield anchor, but where Kalvin Phillips edges Romaine just a little bit is his energy.”

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Might be right

The former Derby County and Premier League striker may have hit the nail on the head with this one.

Bent says that Phillips’ energy is what separates him from Sawyers, and that’s a great point to make.

Both men are excellent midfielders and fantastic passers of a ball, but Phillips averages four tackles per game compared to Sawyers’ 1.3, and that’s where the real difference is.

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After all, the Leeds man has proven himself to be a versatile outfit this season. Not only has he also played in defence but he’s popped up with a goal at the opposite end of the pitch too.

Having signed a new contract recently, the Whites will be hoping that he eventually ends up playing Premier League football with them, as opposed to another side.

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