Danny Higginbotham picks Eunan O’Kane and Kalvin Phillips as Leeds United’s unsung heroes

A general view of Elland Road Stadium prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Elland Road on October 17, 2015 in Leeds, England.

Leeds United are at the top of the Championship table at the moment.

Eunan O'Kane of Leeds United and Charlie Mulgrew during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackburn Rovers and Leeds United at Ewood Park on February 1, 2017 in Blackburn, England

Former Manchester United and Sunderland defender Danny Higginbotham has told Sky Sports that Eunan O’Kane and Kalvin Phillips have been the two unsung heroes for Leeds United so far this season.

Leeds have made a strong start to the 2017-18 Championship campaign and are at the top of the league table at the moment.

The West Yorkshire outfit have picked up 17 points from seven games so far this campaign, a point more than second-placed Cardiff City.

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,...

Thomas Christiansen’s side have been arguably the best team to watch in the Championship so far this season and have played some wonderful football.

Leeds have been superb defensively, conceding just twice in seven league fixtures, and have scored as many 14 goals.

Former Southampton and Stoke City defender Higginbotham has picked two unsung heroes for Leeds so far this season - midfielders Eunan O’Kane, 27, and Kalvin Phillips, 21.

A general view of Elland Road Stadium prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Elland Road on October 17, 2015 in Leeds, England.

“The unsung heroes in the team so far are O’Kane and Phillips,” Higginbotham told Sky Sports. “Played every game together, they sit there and they protect the back-four.”

Leeds will return to action on Saturday afternoon when they take on Millwall away from home in the Championship.

  PositionTeamSeasonPassing AccuracyTackles WonInterceptions WonBall RecoveryTouchesShots on TargetGoal AssistGoalsAppearancesMins Played
Eunan O'Kane MF Leeds 2017-2018 81% 14 11 55 468 0 3 0 7 596
Kalvin Phillips MF Leeds 2017-2018 74% 20 14 47 343 4 0 3 7 599

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