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Ex-Leeds United winger says what 21-year-old does is stupid

General view of Elland Road before the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on February 25, 2017 in Leeds, England.

The Leeds United legend has one criticism for the 21-year-old.

Kalvin Phillips of Leeds United (L) and Kyle Bartley of Leeds United (R) celebrate after Tim Ream of Fulham (not pictured) scores an own goal  during the Sky Bet Championship match between...

Eddie Gray has criticised Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips for conceding "stupid freekicks" and tells LUTV that is one aspect of his game which he needs to improve on.

Leeds have had an excellent start to the Championship season, winning three and drawing two of their first five games as Thomas Christiansen's side sit third in the table.

Likewise, it has been a decent start for the 21-year-old, who scored twice in United's opening-weekend win at Bolton Wanderers to double his tally from last season.

Kalvin Phillips of Leeds United in action during The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Sutton United and Leeds United at Borough Sports Ground on January 29, 2017 in Sutton,...

Phillips is quite a combative figure in the Whites midfield - and perhaps even moreso now since Liam Bridcutt left - and Gray told LUTV that the youngster must curb that aspect.

He said: "He's a good winner of the ball but sometimes he goes overboard and that's one part of his game I think he's got to curb, giving stupid freekicks away unecessarily.

"There's times in games when you give freekicks away and everybody accepts it, but times when he has no chance of winning the ball and he still tries to do it."

Luke Berry of Cambridge United and Kalvin Phillips of Leeds United battle for the ball during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Cambridge United and Leeds United at Cambs Glass...

It is worth pointing out that this is only Phillips' second full season in Leeds' senior team, having initially broken into the first team under Steve Evans, and he certainly has plenty of time in which to improve that area of his game.

Leeds host Burton Albion at Elland Road next Saturday.

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