Ben Parker picked out Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips following his impressive performance in the draw against Brentford on Tuesday night.
The 24-year-old was recalled to the starting XI by manager Marcelo Bielsa after previously missing three games with a suspension.
Leeds managed a 1-1 draw on the road against Brentford and had to come from behind when Said Benrahma capitalised on a mistake from goalkeeper Kiko Casilla to give hosts Brentford the lead.
Whites captain Liam Cooper stabbed in an equaliser in the first-half from a corner and the visitors were on top for large periods of the game.
The Yorkshire club stay second in the table and could lose their spot in the top after Wednesday’s fixtures, but it was a point gained away to promotion rivals Brentford and it was a display that was encouraging after losing four of their last five matches
Former Leeds defender Parker felt that Phillips was the standout individual in the fixture at Griffin Park.
“Kalvin Phillips I thought he was absolutely superb, I thought he was head and shoulders above anyone on the pitch tonight. Different class,” Parker told LUTV.
“Putting fires out all over the pitch, stopping the attack. The front three for Brentford didn’t really get a kick.”
Phillips proved in midweek why he’s one of the best players in the Championship by bossing proceedings away to Brentford and it highlighted what a miss he’s been during his suspension.
The deep-lying playmaker was efficient in possession like always, but he added an extra defensive steel with his his aggressive tackling and work-rate in front of the back four.
He allows teammates around him more space on the ball and there is no doubt he holds the key for Leeds in their promotion bid, which is why they can’t afford to lose him for an extended period of time again.