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Marcelo Bielsa insists Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips can grow more

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Marcelo Bielsa insists Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips can grow more

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa is delighted that Kalvin Phillips has signed a new deal at Elland Road and insists he can take his game up another level.

The defensive midfielder signed a new five-year deal with the Whites a week ago and is fully committed to his boyhood club.

Phillips has come through the academy ranks at the Yorkshire giants and played 149 first-team game to date.

The 23-year-old has become a crucial player for Leeds, particularly under the tenure of current Argentinian boss Bielsa.

He’s a deep-lying playmaker that knits everything together with his range of passing and protection of the back four.

Bielsa is thrilled with the player that Phillips has become, but is confident that he won’t stop now and will keep improving.


“It’s very good for him [signing a new contract], he deserves it and it’s very good also for the club and of course very good for the team as well,” Bielsa said, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“He is a player who has developed a lot, he defends well. He moves the ball really well and he can grow a lot more.”

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TBR’s View:

Phillips is only going to keep improving the longer he works under Bielsa and you can the difference in just over a year working under him.

He’s matured into a midfielder that reads the game so well and never seems flustered when performing in the Championship.

His time in the top-flight should come at some point given his quality and it looks like he’s got his heart on playing Premier League football with Leeds.

Phillips should still be some years off his peak and Leeds have a talented individual on their books that will keep getting better.

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