Neil Redfearn believes Kalvin Phillips is capable of regular first-team football at Leeds United

Reading’s Danny Williams and Leeds United's Kalvin Phillips in action

The 20-year-old impressed against Fleetwood Town.

Reading’s Danny Williams and Leeds United's Kalvin Phillips in actionReading’s Danny Williams and Leeds United's Kalvin Phillips in action

Leeds United picked up a win over Fleetwood Town in the EFL Cup this week. The Yorkshire side won the game on penalties, getting one over on former manager Uwe Rosler, after drawing 2-2 after extra-time.

There were plenty of promising performances in the game but Kalvin Phillips certainly caught the eye.

Bakary Sako of Wolverhampton Wanderers in action with Scott Wootton (R), Luke Murphy (C) and Kalvin Phillips of Leeds UnitedBakary Sako of Wolverhampton Wanderers in action with Scott Wootton (R), Luke Murphy (C) and Kalvin Phillips of Leeds United

The 20-year-old came in for the game, only his 13 appearance for the Championship side.

His debut at Leeds in April 2015 came under the management of his former youth coach at Leeds Neil Redfearn.

The former Leeds boss was certainly impressed by his performance against Fleetwood, believing he added energy to the midfield against Fleetwood. He told TV Yorkshire:

“I thought Kalvin Phillips came in and had a good game.

Neil Redfearn during his spell at RotherhamNeil Redfearn during his spell at Rotherham

“No he hasn’t (played much first-team football) but the lad is more than capable. There’s no two ways about it.

“What there was about Leeds tonight was there was a freshness and legs in midfield, particularly in the second-half.”

Phillips was certainly on the fringes at Leeds and his performance against Fleetwood will have done his chances of regular playing time no damage.

Leeds United's Toumani Diagouraga looks dejected at the end of matchLeeds United's Toumani Diagouraga looks dejected at the end of match

Toumani Diagouraga’s performance against QPR on the opening day was flat whilst Luke Murphy appears to be out of the reckoning under new Leeds boss Garry Monk.

With a deal for Liam Bridcutt still dragging out it could be that Phillips, once so highly rated by Redfearn but seemingly overlooked by Steve Evans, could be a regular member of the first-team this season.

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