Former Leeds United midfielder David Prutton recently wrote a piece in the Yorkshire Evening Post singing the praises of current Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips, who has improved dramatically this season.
Philips has silenced plenty of doubters at Elland Road this season with his performances. The 23-year-old has improved dramatically under the guidance of Whites boss Marcelo Bielsa, whilst Phillips’ endeavour, work rate and commitment has seen him become a key figure in the Argentine coach’s plans.
So impressive has the academy product’s development this season been that Prutton stated “Phillips has become a player who Leeds need to build their team around.”
Also noting Phillips’ humility, character, and willingness to learn, Prutton further asked, “does anybody else think he’s starting to look like a club captain of the future?”
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Considering so many Leeds fans were willing to give up on Phillips only a year ago, it’s remarkable that the tide of opinion on the midfielder has changed to such an extent in such a short time.
This is a great read. I was a fierce Philips critic but have been proven completely wrong by him this year and have never been happier to be so wrong. What Bielsa has seen and nurtured in him is just amazing. #lufc
— Wizielsa (@Wizzili) 16 February 2019
What a difference a season makes. This time last year many wanted him out and blamed most of our ills on him. Always knew there was a player there. Lots of humble pie being eaten around these parts
— peter-maurice (@petermauriceuk) 16 February 2019
Now, Phillips must maintain the application and dedication he is currently demonstrating at Elland Road. If he can do that, then the sky is the limit for the young Englishman.
With Leeds currently flying high in the Championship and in the thick of the title hunt, Phillips may well be playing Premier League football next season. He has shown this season that he has the capacity to take strides forward in his game and few would bet against him being able to rise to the challenge of the top flight now.