Former Leeds United player Alex Mowatt has been singing the praises of his old teammate Kalvin Phillips and believes the midfielder has what it takes to play for England.
Phillips has been transformed into one of England’s best defensive midfielders under the guidance of Marcelo Bielsa and is believed to be on the cusp of an England call-up.
Speaking to the Daily Mail this week, Mowatt threw his weight behind calls for Phillips to eventually become an England international.
“The season before Bielsa arrived, Kalvin played further forward and scored quite a few goals.
“But playing in front of the back four allows him to break things up and show his quality on the ball. Everyone knows he enjoys a tackle, he doesn’t get enough credit for how good he is technically. There are players like Declan Rice and Harry Winks, but I think Kalvin’s style would actually suit England. He’s definitely good enough.”
If you were to rewind five years, Mowatt would have been the young Leeds midfielder that had an England future ahead of him.
In the 2014-15 season, Mowatt was Leeds United’s Player of the Year and was linked with several Premier League transfers.
Unfortunately, the 25-year-old did not progress in the way his old team-mate did, although he is still forging a great career for himself at Barnsley. That same season, Phillips played just twice, scoring one goal in a 2-1 defeat to Cardiff City.
Now he is one of the Championship’s best players and tomorrow will undoubtedly be hoping to have an impact against Cardiff again. Only this time, he will hope Leeds come away with a win that puts them 10 points clear in the automatic promotion race.