Leeds United travel to Middlesbrough on Saturday afternoon in the Championship in a contest between two teams vying for promotion this season.
Marcelo Bielsa’s team are second in the league standings right now behind the leaders on goal difference, while upcoming opponents Boro sit in fifth.
The Whites did lose their last game to leaders Norwich City and midfielder Kalvin Phillips will hope to be recalled to the starting XI after missing out.
Phillips has been an ever-present for the majority of the season for Leeds and considered one of their star performers.
But the 22-year-old could face one of his toughest assignments to date if he lines up in his preferred defensive midfield role on Saturday.
Boro now have John Obi Mikel as their defensive midfielder following his January arrival and he’s someone with immense pedigree from his time at Chelsea.
The 31-year-old started in Chelsea’s Champions League final win over Bayern Munich and has great experience.
It would be intriguing to see how Leeds’ upcoming star measures up against someone who has been there and done it.
Mikel is readjusting to life back in English football and has made two appearances so far for Boro, where he’s shown glimpses of his composure and intelligence.