Lots of fans across the second tier have been discussing Leeds United star Kalvin Phillips after the official Championship Twitter account relayed a story about the talented midfielder.
A leader on the pitch and a role model off it…
— Sky Bet Championship (@SkyBetChamp) March 29, 2020
He’s clearly a player that divides opinion outside of Elland Road, but in west Yorkshire, he’s somewhat the messiah having proven to be the vital cog to Marcelo Bielsa’s system.
The 24-year-old is one of the only players to be deployed in the defensive midfield role – he’s even been watched by Three Lions chief Gareth Southgate this season.
Here’s the view from the United camp…
I genuinely thought he wasn’t good enough at one point. Unbelievable.
What a player he’s turning out to be 💛💙
— LUFC_Willo 💙💛 (@LSdadbod1980) March 29, 2020
He’s our baby … we are very proud of him !
— Castellon_White (@castellonwhite) March 29, 2020
He’s all Leeds..we are going up ..mot
— Football Fruitcake (@FootballFruitc1) March 29, 2020
Kalvin Phillips is an amazing footballer. Looking forward to him playing for Leeds in the PL
— Ryan Shaw 💙💛 (@ryanjshaws) March 29, 2020
This is why the season can’t be voided. He can’t go to a prem club without leeds getting a fair chance of going up and him and potentially playing for Leeds in prem.
— James Jagger (@James_Jagger) March 29, 2020
@tfleeds93 me & you always had faith!
— El Guapo (@ElliotJackson11) March 29, 2020
— Ross 💙💛 (@RossSlade92) March 29, 2020
Per WhoScored, he averages 2.8 tackles, 1.3 interceptions and clearances, as well as 5.3 long balls and 1.9 key passes each game, and it is this sort of dirty work that can go unnoticed – unless you’re Leeds through and through, of course.
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However, it also once landed him in hot water after he was sent off against Queens Park Rangers for a bad studs-up slide tackle which has caused a few supporters from Loftus Road to chime in with their opinions.
Evidently, there’s not much positivity about the Englishman, who is valued at £13.5m by Transfermarkt…
Eze had him in his pocket tho that’s only time I can remember
— Scott (@Scott25229100) March 29, 2020
Why does he hate Geoff Cameron?
— Chris Hermitage (@ChrisHermitage) March 29, 2020
QPR away remember that, A role model? I don’t think so. I can think of some other words though.
— Philip Cross (@PhilipR_Cross93) March 29, 2020
— DC (@DazzaCumber) March 29, 2020
Although this is something that Phillips has publicly apologised for, several Hoops fans still have a dislike for him.
There was even a lone Sheffield United fan in the replies posting a rather hopeful plea to see the lynchpin at Bramall Lane next season.
He will make a fine midfielder for Sheff United in the PL next season once its all cancelled
— Dirk Digby (@S18_Blade) March 29, 2020
That’ll cause a few laughs, you’d imagine.
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