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Is Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips the new version of David Batty?

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Is Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips the new version of David Batty?

Ex-Leeds United midfielder David Batty has gone down as one of the club’s most adored players from the last few decades and he enjoyed two brilliant spells at Elland Road.

The Leeds-born enforcer was renowned for his tough tackling in the centre of the park, but he was also an all-rounder with great passing and he sat in front of the defence mopping up danger.

Batty was the type of player that would run through walls for his boyhood club and even played in a Champions League semi-final in 2001 with them.

Do the Whites have a new version of him in their current squad?

 

Leeds’ central midfielder Kalvin Phillips is a local lad that has come through the academy to the first team and is now playing a starring role in Marcelo Bielsa’s side.

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The 22-year-old certainly has an edge to his game with some fierce tackling and there are similarities between Batty in that aspect.

Phillips has adopted the deep-lying playmaker role with brilliant ease for the Yorkshire giants, who are top of the Championship table and are in great form.

The youngster still has plenty of time to improve and manager Bielsa appears to be getting the best out of him.

He will have to go a long way to try get close to what Batty achieved in a Leeds shirt, but supporters should be thrilled to see a homegrown star leaving it all out on the pitch for them every week and he’s certainly making strides forwards as a player.

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