Leeds United should promote Kalvin Phillips to the senior squad after his sustained excellence for their development team this season.
Leeds United should give Kalvin Phillips an opportunity to impress in the senior side before the end of the season.
Phillips has been in deadly form for the Whites' Under-21 side, and it is only right that he is rewarded with a chance to show what he can do on the big stage.
The youngster has been tipped to be one of Leeds' most exciting youngsters, and it was reported back in November of last year that Neil Redfearn was thinking about testing him out.
Redfearn suggested that Phillips would have been in the senior squad had it not been for injury, but now he is fully fit again the senior boss should be true to his word and hand him his debut.
The Leeds manager has already proven that he is not scared to chuck youngsters into their first-team, and he has the perfect opportunity to try out even more of the club's prospects between now and the end of the season.
Leeds' safety has been secured by their strong run of form, but they surely have too much to do to make the playoffs and the future is their number one priority now.
Redfearn himself has admitted that he has one eye on next season and it, therefore, makes sense to give Phillips his chance.
Leeds already have four academy graduates - in Sam Byram, Charlie Taylor, Alex Mowatt and Lewis Cook - in their starting line-up, and that should help Phillips' transition.
The youngster would likely not need to do too much acclimatising, and he would be playing with players he is already familiar with.
Giving him a chance can only benefit the club. If Phillips impresses, then Leeds have another forward they can rely on for next season, but if he struggles then he can be given more time to develop in the side's youth-team set-up.
Leeds have already proven that they are better at producing youngsters than most clubs this season, but they could provide further evidence of it by playing Phillips, and Redfearn should seriously contemplate handing him his debut before the end of the campaign.