Kalvin Phillips believes he's 'close' to Leeds first-team after speaking to Redfearn's assistant

Kalvin Phillips hopes that he has done enough to earn a first-team place at Leeds.

Leeds United teenager Kalvin Phillips has told the club's official website that he believes he's close to a first-team appearance after speaking to Neil Redfearn's assistant.

Leeds have benefited from their youth academy this season, with Sam Byram, Charlie Taylor, Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt all playing key roles in the side under manager Redfearn.

This crop of youngsters is just the latest in a conveyor belt of talent to come out of Leeds, with the likes of Scott Carson, Danny Rose, Matthew Kilgallon, Fabian Delph, James Milner and Aaron Lennon all playing Premier League football in recent years.

The next name to join that list could well be Kalvin Phillips, with the 19-year-old causing quite the stir in the Leeds Under-21 side.

Phillips, a central midfielder, has impressed in the youth setup this season, and continued his fine performances with a great display against Huddersfield Town on Monday, bagging a goal in Leeds' 5-0 win.

With the success of Leeds' young players so far this season, many want Phillips to be given a chance in the first-team before the end of the campaign - and Phillips told the Leeds official website that he isn't far away from that, based on a conversation with Redfearn's assistant manager Steve Thompson.

"I think I’m quite close," said Phillips. "Steve Thompson has been saying that I’m not a million miles away so hopefully it will come soon. I just take it as it comes. I work the hardest I can in training everyday so hopefully Redders and Thommo, like they have, will spot it."

With a clear focus on youth under Redfearn, many of these emerging prospects will get their chance in the first-team - and even after some ups and downs this season, Phillips believes it's a fantastic time to be playing for Leeds given Redfearn's philosophy.

"It’s been quite hard sometimes but everybody in the team has been playing well. Redders has been saying that we’re the future. It’s a great time to be at the club," he added.

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