Ayling praises Leeds teammate Phillips
Leeds United defender Luke Ayling has praised teammate Kalvin Phillips for his performances at Euro 2020.
Despite enduring heartbreak in the final, the Whites midfielder enjoyed a brilliant tournament. He started every single game for Gareth Southgate’s men, playing every minute bar the final 25 versus Ukraine.
The Yorkshire-born ace made the fourth-most tackles of any Three Lions player.
It follows what was a sensational effort for Marcelo Bielsa’s team last season. Leeds went unbeaten across their last 10 Premier League matches in which Phillips started.
Speaking to talkSPORT 11/07/2021 before yesterday’s final loss, Ayling highlighted the player’s all-around ability.
When talking about Phillips, the Leeds full-back said: “I signed four years ago and he was a number 10/8. In the last few years, he’s just done so well in that number four position that everybody thinks he’s just a holding midfielder. But, he’s got so much more to his game.
“Boy can run, pass the ball, the boy has everything. I think you’ve seen how happy everybody is for him, he’s just the nicest boy ever and us boys can’t be prouder.”
Leeds could be sweating on Phillips future
Leeds could well be sweating on the future of Phillips if he carries his Euro 2020 form into next season.
The holding midfielder attracted interest even before he set foot into the top flight of English football.
Manchester United were reportedly keen on a move for the ace back in October 2019. The Red Devils were said to have sent scouts watch the player in the Championship.
Now imagine how much interest he’d attract if he continues playing as he has done over the last few weeks.
It is a thought that sends shivers down your spine. The Elland Road side won just two of their seven games without the Englishman. It highlights his importance to the outfit.
Leeds must do their utmost to keep a hold of arguably their most important player after his splendid summer.