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Leeds’ Kalvin Phillips showed his brilliance against Arsenal

There may not be a more spoken about player at Leeds United than Kalvin Phillips.

In recent months he’s been labelled as the best player in the Championship, and in the past he’s been linked with moves to clubs like Manchester United.

The Daily Mail stated last month that his price tag could rise to as much as £40m and if a deal of that magnitude went through, it would almost be unheard of for the Championship.

However, on Monday Leeds got their first chance of playing against Premier League opposition since Marcelo Bielsa’s appointment, and unsurprisingly Phillips dominated the game.

Just take a look at his stats and you’ll see how good he was against Arsenal.

The defensive midfielder made a massive nine tackles as he perfectly embodied the pressing game that Bielsa tries to implement into his squad.

Despite coming up against one of the most technically proficient midfielders in England in the shape of Mesut Ozil, the 24-year-old wasn’t letting anybody get past him.

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Can you name which season this flop was signed?

Unbelievably, it wasn’t just at that end of the pitch where Phillips was impressive as he completed four key passes, a tally just as high as Ozil.

Phillips didn’t see all that much of the ball as he completed just 37 passes at the Emirates, while players around him such as Luke Ayling, Barry Douglas and Gaetano Berardi played over 70.

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Four key passes and a success rate of just over 83% shows that the Yorkshire Pirlo was always positive and trying to play forward whenever possible rather than simply playing it safe and short.

If Phillips could reproduce this performance on a weekly basis in the Premier League then £40m would be a bargain for his services.

In other news, one pre-match decision from Marcelo Bielsa worried a number of Leeds fans.

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