Leeds United edged closer towards the automatic promotion places in the Championship yesterday with a victory over Bristol City.
Despite fielding a heavily depleted side, Leeds beat the Robins 2-0 at Elland Road to move to third place.
After 18 games, they are three points from top spot and one point behind second place.
Many players have received plaudits for Leeds this season but one player that often goes under the radar is Kalvin Phillips.
The 22-year-old was instrumental in their victory, once again turning in a strong display to guide Leeds to victory.
Phillips plays in the holding midfield role in Marcelo Bielsa’s system, covering the gap between the defence and midfield.
Sitting in front of his back four, Phillips’ job of breaking up the play is so important.
He reads the game with maturity beyond his years and his passing range is excellent.
Last season, Leeds fans were worried about Phillips’ consistency. But he has put those concerns to bed with reliable displays each week for Leeds.
The likes of Pablo Hernandez and Kemar Roofe often receive the most plaudits because they score the goals.
But Phillips’ importance cannot be understated; they need him to maintain his levels of performance to orchestrate their automatic promotion bid.