Kalvin Phillips has talked about the philosophy of academy boss Neil Redfearn and cited Lewis Cook and Sam Byram as the players he wants to emulate as he sets his sights on a first team chance at Leeds United.
The 18-year-old midfielder has been a key part of Neil Redfearn’s under-21 side this season but he’s eager to get his teeth into a first team chance, with Cook and Byram examples of players who have progressed from the Leeds youth system.
“I like a good tackle. I like playing as well when I’ve got the ball, passing it, but I like a good tackle,” he told the Leeds website.
“Just work as hard as I can and try and impress someone who’s looking down and hopefully get my chance to maybe be in the squad or get a game.”
“Lewis, I’ve known him for quite a while, he’s a brilliant player. Mowatt as well, Sam Byram too.”
Phillips will have to be patient as he waits for a chance under Darko Milanic because the Leeds head coach has one of the strongest squads of players available in the Championship this season.
He’s also spoken of the positive relationship he has with academy chief Neil Redfearn, who is well placed to offer him some guidance as he looks to break into the first team.
“He’s had a massive influence. I’ve known him since Under-16s, he’s class.”
“He did a brilliant job with the first team. They needed wins and he got wins.”
“How he sets the game up, he doesn’t expect to go out and get beat.”
Phillips is battling with a very competitive group of players as he looks to make the step up for Leeds with Chris Dawson also thought to be in the group of players looking for a chance in the senior side.
The amount of competition could cause a few loan moves away from the club over the rest of the season but Phillips is a decent player in a talented group and all he can do is play well and impress Redfearn who has the ear of Milanic and owner Massimo Cellino.