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Kalvin Phillips admits it will be ‘weird’ facing former Leeds United hero Lee Bowyer’s Charlton

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Kalvin Phillips admits it will be ‘weird’ facing former Leeds United hero Lee Bowyer’s Charlton

Leeds United face Charlton Athletic at the weekend, who are managed by former Whites midfielder Bowyer.

Leeds United will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing home draw with Derby County at the weekend by continuing their fine away form at The Valley against Championship rivals Charlton Athletic. 

It will also be a chance for Leeds United fans to see one of their former players go up against their current boss Marcelo Bielsa. 

The Addicks are managed by Lee Bowyer, who spent six-and-a-half years at Elland Road after joining from Charlton in 1996. Bowyer was one of Leeds’ better players in that time period, picking up his only England cap in 2002 whilst a Leeds player. 

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Indeed, he is a player fondly thought of among one die-hard Leeds fan currently at Elland Road. 

Kalvin Phillips now operates a similar role to the one Bowyer once did for Leeds United. A Leeds fan growing up, he will know all about Bowyer’s exploits during his time in West Yorkshire, as he explained to The Telegraph over the weekend. 

 

“It’s a bit weird to be fair [facing Bowyer]. 

“I’ve seen him a couple of times, where he’s scrapping and that. It’d be good to see him in person.”


Leeds United’s ‘Yorkshire Pirlo’ will also not be taking Bowyer’s side easily. Charlton have impressed so far in the Championship, although they’ve suffered a disappointing two defeats on the bounce since the international break, to Birmingham City and Wigan Athletic. 

But if Phillips and co can perform at their best then Bielsa’s boys should get the better of Bowyer’s. However, the home manager can expect to receive a warm welcome from the travelling fans this weekend. 

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