Former England striker Darren Bent has showered Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips with praise, calling him a Premier League player and saying he’s the best player in the Championship.
As per the Birmingham Mail, via TalkSport, Bent said that Phillips is better than Romaine Sawyers of promotion rivals West Brom but that they both could play in the top flight.
He said: “Kalvin Phillips. For me, he is the best player in the Championship. He is so key to what Leeds do. He is playing in the wrong division. He should be in the Premier League and Romaine Sawyers should be in the Premier League. They are very good on the ball.
“Where Kalvin edges Romaine just a little bit is his energy. Phillips flies into tackles. I have seen him play centre-back, wins his headers, he takes set-plays and has a great delivery. His intensity and aggression I think that is why he pips it for me.”
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Of course, the major task for Leeds is to get into the top flight but if they finally manage it, Phillips is as well equipped as any of their current squad to shine there.
John McGinn tore up the Championship last season and has taken it into the big time this term, showcasing that the gap is bridgeable if a player has the right quality. Phillips has all the attributes.