Leeds youngster highlights area he struggled in during debut

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Kalvin Phillips has admitted that he was surprised to be on the pitch for the entire 90 minutes of his debut.

Phillips made his debut as a starter for Leeds as they lost to Wolves, and he has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that he was surprised to not be substituted.

The 19-year-old midfielder has been in-and-around the first-team for the last few weeks, but he had failed to make an appearance after a number of matchday squad inclusions.

It was the tie with Wolves that allowed the youngster his first start, and he impressed in the middle of the park. Not appearing to struggle during the game, he matched up alongside a host of older and more experienced talented midfielders, and put in a display of much promise.

Although the game ended in defeat for the Whites, Phillips played a role in Leeds recovering from a 3-1 deficit to pull equal, and they were unfortunate to concede in the closing minutes of the game.

If it were up to Phillips, he would not have been on the pitch when Wolves scored the winner inside the final 10 minutes, having struggled with cramp resulting in him giving the ball away fairly often. It is the area that the youngster believes he struggled in, and he has admitted surprise that he was still on the pitch at the end of the game.

“I thought it went alright,” Phillips told the Yorkshire Evening Post. “I could have kept the ball a little bit better, but I was getting cramp towards the end of the game. I was surprised not to be subbed to be honest. I was knackered!

“But I thought I did quite good. I could hear the fans every single minute.”

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