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Kalvin Phillips is the unsung hero orchestrating Leeds’ promotion bid

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Kalvin Phillips is the unsung hero orchestrating Leeds’ promotion bid

Kalvin Phillips’ job at Leeds is often under-appreciated. His role in defensive midfield is so important for their promotion bid.

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.

LEEDS, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 24: Leeds United’s Aapo Halme and Kalvin Phillips battle in the air with Bristol City’s Josh Brownhill and Tomas Kalas during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Bristol City at Elland Road on November 24, 2018 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Alex Dodd – CameraSport via Getty Images)

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.

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NCTJ-qualified sports journalist with a passion for playing and writing about football. West Ham fan.

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