Leeds have a top player who's 'at least a 7 out of 10' - and he's been tipped to get even better
Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips will improve even more this summer, according to Walter Sweeney.
The 25-year-old has enjoyed a superb season for the Whites in the Premier League.
Phillips’ efforts helped Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds finish in the top half of the table.
Now, the midfielder is in the England squad for Euro 2020 and will be hoping to add to his seven caps.
Phillips came through the ranks at Elland Road and debuted in 2014 under Neil Redfearn.
He spent his formative years in the Leeds first team as a central midfielder.
However, Marcelo Bielsa’s arrival at Elland Road in the summer of 2018 saw him pushed further back.
Phillips has since prospered to the extent that the Leeds faithful have nicknamed him the “Yorkshire Pirlo”.
Prior to joining Leeds, Sweeney spotted Phillips when playing for Wortley Juniors at a summer tournament in August 2010.
He immediately saw the potential in the youngster and, speaking to the I paper, spoke highly of him.
“Having his back to goal didn’t suit Kalvin but Bielsa put him in front of the back four and he sees everything in front of him,” Sweeney said, as quoted by Leeds Live.
“Technically, Kalvin is outstanding and that half-volleyed pass to Jack Harrison at Burnley recently… was sensational.
“You watch him in the Euros and he will flourish. Southgate loves Kalvin because he knows how he can play and how reliable he is – he trusts him.
“He can defend the back four, he can play in the back four, and his passing can help England on the front foot and set up their attacks.
“He’s going to be playing against better players and it will improve him because he will have to move the ball even quicker now.
“I’ve watched nearly every game he’s played this season and there are very few where I’ve been disappointed.
“He’s usually at least a seven out of 10, but quite often higher.”
Phillips is a fan favourite at Leeds thanks to his quality and attitude, not to mention being a local lad.
It would be great to see him feature at Euro 2020 and hopefully he’ll be even better when he returns.
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