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Leeds United fans react to Kalvin Phillips performance v Forest Green Rovers

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Leeds United fans react to Kalvin Phillips performance v Forest Green Rovers

Leeds United defeated Forest Green Rovers in their first pre-season friendly.

Leeds United got the Marcelo Bielsa era underway yesterday with a 2-1 friendly win over Forest Green Rovers at the New Lawn. Leeds, playing in a training kit, were dominant for most of the game and deserved the win. As for the way they played under Bielsa there was plenty of excitement as to how the Argentine would line them up.

It was never going to be a massive shock. With the club still lacking new signings and a few unavailable Bielsa played the best team available to him.

But one performance that stood out, compared to most of last season, was that of Kalvin Phillips.

The youngster gets plenty of stick from Leeds fans, who feel he is not up to the level necessary to take Leeds into the top six picture.

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But he was excellent last night, showing what he is capable of when disciplined, fit and focused.

He also took on an important role in Bielsa’s team. One object of his tactics that became abundantly clear yesterday was the use of full-backs in the attack.

When Leeds pushed forward, Stuart Dallas and Luke Ayling essentially became wingers. It meant one central midfielder dropping off deep, nearly into a back-three.

That responsibility was given to Phillips yesterday and the 22-year-old thrived.

Here is some of the reaction to his performance…

 

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