Leeds’ scoreless draw with Fulham last night didn’t offer much to write home about, excepting another promising display from young midfielder Kalvin Phillips.
Leeds boast one of the best academy setups in English football and the 21-year-old is one of their latest youngsters to break into the first team, finishing last season with 40 appearances in all competitions.
The defensive midfielder has started all three of Leeds’ Championship fixtures so far this season and produced decent form, most notably two goals against Bolton on the opening weekend.
Phillips didn’t manage to get on the scoresheet last night but he was amongst Leeds’ best performers at Elland Road, finishing up with the most efforts at goal and tackles of any Whites player whilst ranking second for interceptions.
Phillips’ impressive progress will no doubt have already caught the attention of Premier League clubs, but the 5 foot 10 midfielder is still some way from being the finished article, something that was also evident last night.
For all his ball-winning qualities, Phillips naively made his way into the referee’s notebook, one of his two fouls drawing a yellow card, and his quality in possession remains questionable. Despite his holding role, Phillips completed just 20 passes, the second-lowest amount of any Leeds starter after Chris Wood.
If Phillips is to follow the likes of Charlie Taylor and Lewis Cook to the Premier League in the coming years – whether that’s with Leeds or someone else – he’ll need to offer more on the ball.