Kalvin Phillips impressed on his Leeds United debut.
Leeds United fans caught a glimpse of the future yesterday as Kalvin Phillips was handed his first team debut.
Phillips could hardly have asked for a tougher introduction than an away game at in form Wolverhampton Wanderers, but acquitted himself well in the 4-3 loss.
Manager Neil Redfearn told LUTV he thought the 19-year-old was different class, also praising the way he coped from a physical perspective.
Phillips has been consistent for Leeds' under-21 side this season, also showing an eye for goal, although attempted just one shot at Molineux, which landed off target.
He was the only one of Leeds' midfielders to create a goalscoring opportunity, and made 60 touches, just two less than more experienced teammate Luke Murphy.
He completed 78 per cent of his passes, which was more than Murphy's 74 per cent, while defensively he got stuck in, making three tackles and two interceptions, slightly bettering Alex Mowatt's two tackles and two interceptions.
Phillips is just the latest youngster to progress under head coach Neil Redfearn into the first team. Lewis Cook, Alex Mowatt, and Charlie Taylor have all joined Sam Byram as must start players at the club, and this was his first step in progressing to the same level.
First impressions of Phillips certainly seemed positive among fans, keen to see more of the teenager between now and the end of the season.
Here is a look at the twitter reaction to his full 90 minute debut...
I thought Kalvin Phillips did well, great pressure for the 1st goal and passed the ball o.k, difficult circumstances for his debut #lufc— Tom Raynor (@TOMLUFC1995) April 6, 2015
Just seen the Leeds game, so unlucky not to take a point. @Kalvinphillips looked the part— Steve Greenwood (@SM_Greenwood) April 6, 2015
Kalvin Phillips did ok today but he will get better game by game