Phillips made his senior debut for Leeds last season, and after signing a two-year contract extension, he has told the official club website that he wants to impress Uwe Rosler in pre-season.
Phillips said: “With the new head coach, he doesn’t really know any of the lads properly and I’m going to have to make an impression and see if he likes me. It’ll be the first time I’ve been on a pre-season tour so hopefully that goes well. After last season – I only made those two appearances – but it’s always in my mind to make more and more and do the best I can. I’ve got a good plan.”
The midfielder, 19, made his first-team debut last season in an away fixture at Wolves, before he netted his first senior goal the week later.
He did well in his few performances, and they have done much to raises expectations of the youngster, especially with the success of fellow youth graduates Alex Mowatt, Lewis Cook and Sam Byram.
Highly rated at Elland Road, the Whites have done well to tie him down with a new two-year contract, and he will be looking to improve on his debut season by establishing himself under Uwe Rosler.
For Phillips, this pre-season gives him a great chance to impress the new head coach, who, despite watching games from last season, will enter the new campaign with no opinions of his players.
This gives the young midfielder the chance to impress before the campaign starts properly, and if Phillips can impose himself upon Rosler, he may just be able to start the Championship season as one of the first choice midfielders at Elland Road.