QPR star Matt Phillips, linked with Leeds United in January, second only to Lionel Messi in 2015 assist charts

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The winger has been in incredible form since the turn of the year.

Leeds United boss Neil Redfearn was desperate to add to his wide options in the January transfer window, as well as the March emergency loan period.

Over the winter one of the names linked to Leeds was QPR star Matt Phillips. The Yorkshire Evening Post claimed that Leeds were chasing his signature in January. He had not been a regular under Harry Redknapp, playing just 11 times before the turn of the year.

With Sam Byram and Charlie Taylor filling in on the wings a need for a quality wide man was clear to see - Phillips looked perfect.

But soon enough he was back in the QPR first-team when Chris Ramsey took over and the former Blackpool star has not disappointed.

He has been sensational in recent weeks and is the assist king for 2015, as this table shows.

  PositionTeamGoal AssistAppearancesMins Played
Matthew Phillips MF QPR 7 9 772
Santiago Cazorla MF Arsenal 5 12 967
Ángel Di María MF Man Utd 4 10 669
Branislav Ivanovic DF Chelsea 4 11 990
Jason Puncheon MF C. Palace 4 12 1,046
Jamie Vardy FW Leicester 4 10 544
Mesut Özil MF Arsenal 4 9 698

Think that is impressive? It is not just the Premier League where he is the boss. In Europe's big leagues he is second only to Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, who is on eight assists since the turn of 2015.

Of course Leeds' loss has been QPR's gain. His form is certainly one of the key components to any survival fight from the club this term. Of course it is not just assists he has been registering. He also fired in a stunning strike to beat Julian Speroni of Crystal Palace from just inside the opposing half.

If Leeds had managed to get Phillips in January who knows? They might have been staging a late assault on the play-off spots.

As it is, he is at QPR, and his job for now is to ensure that his current club are not facing Leeds in the Championship next term.

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