Leeds United's wildcard: Kalvin Phillips could be their most exciting player in 2015/16

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Is Kalvin Phillips' Leeds United's wildcard for this coming season?

The performances of Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt exceeded all expectations last season, but at the end of the campaign another bright young talent began to emerge.

Kalvin Phillips was handed his first team debut by Neil Redfearn, and even got on the scoresheet, making the step up to Championship football with ease.

The 19-year-old looked physically able to cope, playing with confidence after his outstanding performances for the under-21 side. This coming season he will be hoping to carry on where he left off and further establish himself as a first team option.

First test passed

Phillips could have suffered with Redfearn's axe, but new head coach Uwe Rosler already seems to be a fan.

He has passed the first test and made it onto the club's pre-season tour of Austria, having sufficiently impressed in pre-season training and matches against non-league opposition.

Under-21 teammates Ross Killock and Chris Dawson failed to make the cut, and Phillips at least seems to have cemented himself as an option for Rosler early on.

Opportunity knocks

Luke Murphy's knee injury has opened up a spot in midfield for the opening weeks of the season, which Phillips should be targeting.

Tom Adeyemi, Casper Sloth and Tommaso Bianchi are alternatives, but there is at least a position in the side up for grabs which the teenager should be aiming for.

It is also uncertain if Rosler will show the same commitment to Cook and Mowatt, who were first names on Redfearn's teamsheet. The new head coach may choose to rotate more frequently and rest the duo when he can, which could give chances to Phillips to make an impact of his own.

Expectations, why he is a wildcard

The 19-year-old has only 155 first team minutes to his name for Leeds, and it's tricky to project off that how he will develop over the course of the season.

Automatically expecting him to emulate Cook and Mowatt's success may be setting the bar too high, with at this stage Phillips somewhat of an unknown quantity at Championship level.

The teenager will be waiting in the wings for his opportunity, is a dynamic player with an eye for goal, and will be keen to make the most of his chances. If he can establish himself as a first team player in midfield and continue to be a threat going forward, then he could just be one of the more exciting players in the Leeds side to keep an eye on.

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