Leeds’ star Kalvin Phillips issues an apology to Eddie Nketiah after scoring

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Perhaps in rather comedic fashion, Kalvin Phillips felt obliged to issue an apology to Eddie Nketiah after their win on Saturday.

What’s he said?

On Leeds’ centenary there was only going to be one man in the script that scored their winning goal.

It was, of course, Phillips. The local lad, Yorkshire born and raised, Leeds through and through, popped up with a vital strike from just inside the penalty area that saw the Whites win for just the second time in five outings.

The midfielder isn’t typically known for arriving in the opposition’s area but it was just as well he did.

It was a cool finish and one that had him apologising to the club’s strikers after the game. In quotes supplied by Leeds Live, he said:

“To be fair, I apologised to Eddie after the game because I know how eager he is to score and if it was Pat I’d have probably apologised as well.”

“I might start teaching Pat and Eddie how to finish! Don’t tell them I said that. Only joking.”

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Funny but damning

It was rather amusing that Phillips found the need to apologise to Nketiah and Patrick Bamford but it does have a deeper meaning to it, one that’s rather damning – especially if he’s joking about teaching them how to finish.

The fact of the matter is that Leeds are struggling for goals this term, mustering 16 strikes from the highest number of shots per game, 16.5, of anyone in the division.

Bamford has now gone an incredible seven games without scoring while Nketiah failed to make much of an impact when he came off the bench, unable to score from his two opportunities.

Does Roberts deserve to start?

Yes

Yes

No

No

The Whites will need to find someone capable of hitting the back of the net on a regular basis if they have desires of going up and they were fortunate that Phillips ventured forward at the weekend to slot the ball home.

The positive is that Leeds are scoring goals from other areas of the pitch, namely Gjanni Alioski, but there is only so long they can go before it becomes a greater concern.

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