Phillips was named from the start by manager Neil Redfearn for the 4-3 defeat at Wolves earlier this week and he feels he did himself justice, despite struggling physically towards the end of the game.
“It’s a lot different. I was cramping up in the last 20 minutes,” said Phillips.
“The tempo is a lot quicker and better than it is in the Under-21s. I thought I did quite well with the physical side.”
The cramping shouldn’t be a long term problem, with it unsurprising that Phillips struggled towards the end of the game with the intensity of the play far greater than that at youth team level.
Fortunately for the youngster he has a strong frame and good core strength, which means he doesn’t get brushed out of possession as easily as smaller players.
He’ll be better for the experience and should be determined to build on his performance if handed further chances over the rest of the season.
It’s significant that Phillips has become the next Leeds youngster to break into the first team and he should help to improve the overall quality across the middle of the team, keeping the other younger players on their toes.
Redfearn is a very good judge of character in his younger players and he seems to have unearthed another good talent with long term potential.