‘If I’m brutally honest’: Ashley Cole makes another comment about Leeds star Kalvin Phillips
Ashley Cole has made another comment on Leeds United star Kalvin Phillips and admitted he proved him wrong in his most recent England performance.
Cole was recently involved in a heated Twitter debate earlier in June regarding the Leeds midfielder.
In short, Cole highlighted a potential weakness in Phillips’ game when it comes to playing slightly higher in midfield.
With Declan Rice holding in the 1-0 win over Croatia at Euro 2020, Phillips was given a bit more licence starting in the central midfield area.
The 25-year-old was in a different role to the deeper one he fills at Leeds, but assisted Raheem Sterling’s winning goal after winning the ball high up the pitch and playing an accurate forward through ball.
Three Lions legend Cole has in fresh quotes been honest enough to claim he slightly misjudged Phillips. However, he’s still doubtful over him in the same England role against elite opponents later in the Euros competition.
“I underestimated him, if, I’m brutally honest, because I saw him at Leeds, I know he has a lot of quality. He dictates the play from deeper areas for Leeds. He is everywhere. He has every range of pass in his locker. But, basically my comment was, in the final third, a little bit higher, has he got the final ball? Has he got the end product?” Cole said.
“He’s made me wrong because he gave a great turn and great weight of pass to put [Sterling] in. I just feel when you come up against the better teams you’re going to need that little bit more cleverness, creativity in that area. Again, he has done unbelievable.”
Leeds talisman Phillips will keep proving people wrong
For certain, Phillips did shock most people with the way he turned up in England’s opening group game against Croatia.
It was a man of the match display where he impacted the game in every way. For instance, he was just as effective with the ball as he was without it.
He’s surely a nailed-on starter tonight against Scotland.
It’s a fair comment that he’s best as a deep-lying playmaker, but huge credit to him for the way he’s adapting in an England shirt.
It shows how much game intelligence Phillips has.
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