Leeds United boss praises Kalvin Phillips for entering 'baptism of fire' with aplomb

Neil Redfearn

Kalvin Phillips has been knocking on the door of the first-team for some time now.

Leeds United have received plenty of praise in recent months for their utilisation of young players. The likes of Sam Byram, Lewis Cook, Alex Mowatt and Charlie Taylor have been in great form this season and there are plenty of other players who Leeds fans are getting excited about regarding the future.

Lewis Walters is one, another is Kalvin Phillips.

The teenage midfielder is hotly-tipped at the club and this month he made his debut for the club.

Phillips started the fixture against Wolves on Easter Monday, and played the full 90 minutes in an impressive debut performance.

Redfearn has now been speaking about the player in his pre-Cardiff press conference. The Leeds United boss told the press, as reported by Leeds’ official audioboom channel:

“Great because obviously it is a baptism of fire for him to go into a game against Wolves, who are fighting at the top of the table.

“In front of a big crowd on television. I thought he handled himself well, Kalvin.

“For me he has been ready for a while. It is just the right opportunity to put him in. The suspension to Rudi [Austin] and Cook’s injury created that opportunity and I thought he acquitted himself well.”

Redfearn has a great rapport with several of the young players at the club, from his time working with the academy.

Phillips would surely not be the last to come off the conveyor belt, if Redfearn was to remain in charge.

Unfortunately he might be on the way out of Leeds, with his future up in the air after events of the last week.

The likes of Phillips and co will be hoping that Redfearn remains to take the club forward.

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