Kalvin Phillips has joked with BBC Radio Leeds that he needs to start teaching Eddie Nketiah and Patrick Bamford how to finish after scoring the winning goal for Leeds United against Birmingham City on Saturday.
The Whites marked their centenary with a 1-0 win against the Blues at Elland Road. It had looked destined to be a frustrating afternoon for Marcelo Bielsa’s side as the game remained goalless for 65 minutes.
But Phillips found the back of the net. He received the ball from Jack Harrison and unleashed a drive that Lee Camp could not keep out. Nketiah was nearby as Phillips scored.
And after joking that he needs to give the strikers a lesson in finishing, Phillips shared how he felt compelled to speak to the Arsenal loanee after the victory.
“I might start teaching Pat and Eddie how to finish. Don’t tell them I said that. Don’t tell them. I’m only joking,” he laughed as he spoke to BBC Radio Leeds about the goal.
“To be fair, I apologised to Eddie after the game because I know how eager he is to score. And if it was Pat, I’d apologise as well. Luckily, I was in that position. But I think, on any other day, if they were in that position, they would do exactly the same as me.”
Phillips may have been joking, but Leeds supporters may not argue with the idea of the side working on their finishing.
It would be unfair to criticise Nketiah when he is still awaiting his first league start, particularly after he bagged a hat-trick for England’s under-21s in midweek. And it must also be noted that Bamford has been excellent in a number of ways this term.
Nevertheless, Leeds are not putting teams away often enough. Bielsa’s side have scored four goals in their last five games. No team in the division has scored fewer goals at home than Leeds.
Nketiah looks to be the player with the lethal touch in front of goal. But Bielsa will now be weighing up whether that is more important than what Bamford gives to the team.