Nigel Martyn has told The Boot Room that he believes Leeds United star and fan favourite Kalvin Phillips is marginally better than Everton star Allan – after both holding midfielders helped their sides to impressive results over the weekend.
Phillips, 24, returned against Arsenal on Sunday after missing the last three games with a shoulder injury. It is little surprise to many that without the Leeds academy product, Marcelo Bielsa’s men suffered 4-1 defeats to Leicester City and Crystal Palace.
Meanwhile, Brazil international Allan was signed by Carlo Ancelotti from former side Napoli for a fee of £21million (BBC) in the summer, and he has since starred for the Toffees. Indeed, Allan did well against Fulham on Sunday, helping his side win 3-2.
Comparing both anchoring midfield players, Martyn claimed that while Allan is top player – he feels Leeds star Phillips offers slightly more when it comes to getting across the pitch quicker, whereas Allan has a tendency to follow the ball.