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Leeds United boss describes under-21 midfielder Kalvin Phillips as 'tremendous', addresses first team chances

Leeds boss suggests Kalvin Phillips is not ready yet for the first team.

Leeds head coach Neil Redfearn fielded a question at his press conference as to whether teenage talent Kalvin Phillips could solve the midfield problem at the club.

He was asked by BBC Radio Leeds if the teenager could fill the gap in midfield vacated by Rodolph Austin, who was yesterday confirmed by the club website will miss two to three weeks with an injury picked up against Watford.

Phillips is an attacking midfielder, built more robustly than fellow youngster Chris Dawson, who himself has been on the fringes of the team.

Redfearn had high praise for Phillips, but stopped short of saying he would consider him for an immediate role in Austin's absence.

He said: "I think with young players you have got to be careful. Kalvin Phillips is a tremendous talent and is going to feature at some point, but you've got to be careful how many you blood at once. What you dont want them to do is have a real bad experience together as it can affect confidence. I'm not verse to putting young players in.

He added: "You want to try and get to a point where we are safe, but I don't want the season to fizzle out, I want a big high at the end, particularly for the supporters and for the players, so when they come back pre-season they come back with confidence."

Phillips is a player Redfearn has worked with during his spell with the academy and will know well. His caution with the likes of Adryan and Brian Montenegro however shows that he is consistent in not wanting too many other young players in alongside Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt, whose own positive first team experience could be harmed without more proven players alongside them.

Lewis Walters is another who is hoping to earn a debut on the wing before the end of the season, while Redfearn also commented to BBC Radio Leeds that Chris Dawson is over a short-term shoulder injury and is back in contention.

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