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Leeds: Phillips let Bielsa down

Leeds failed to make it back-to-back wins in the Premier League as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Leicester on Sunday.

Much like with the previous match against Norwich, the result was decided by a quick flurry of goals. Raphinha opened the scoring for the home side in the 26th minute, only for Harvey Barnes to equalise two minutes later for the Foxes.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side are now 15th in the table on 11 points and are three points off the bottom three, with Burnley on eight points.

There were some disappointing individual performances on display at Elland Road and one of them came from an unusual source – Kalvin Phillips.

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The England international averaged a sublime SofaScore rating of 7.21 in the Premier League last season, showing that he can play consistently to a high level in the top-flight. This is why Bielsa will be feeling let down by the nature of his display against Leicester on Sunday.

Defensively, he was a lightweight for the Whites. Per SofaScore, he lost 12 of his 15 duels (80%) on the pitch throughout the game. He was dribbled past twice and failed to complete a tackle as he made five fouls, but did make three interceptions in the middle of the park. This shows that he struggled to get to grips with the Leicester midfield and was outmuscled far too often, instead of being able to impose his defensive nous on the match.

Offensively, he was inconsistent. Per SofaScore, he did create one big chance and should have had an assist, but only completed 76% of his passes – including 25% of his long pass attempts. He also missed a ‘big chance’ to score and could have won the match for Bielsa. The midfielder was not helped much by his teammates in terms of the missed chance, but he can not complain in that regard as he was caught lacking in front of goal himself.

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Hopefully, he will be able to enjoy a solid international break with England over the next fortnight to get himself back to his best ahead of a return to Premier League action. A spell away from Leeds could help him to reset his focus and recharge his batteries, so to speak, which could help his performances the other side of the internationals.

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