Leeds' Kalvin Phillips issues perfect response to Mateusz Klich's midweek performance

A general view of Elland Road Stadium prior to kick off in the Sky Bet Championship League match between Leeds United and Bolton Wanderers, at Elland Road Stadium on March 5, 2016 in Leeds,...

Kalvin Phillips' position in the Leeds United side was perhaps coming under a little pressure after Mateusz Klich's brilliant display in midweek.

Leeds players celebrate after beating Burnley on penalties during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Burnley and Leeds United at Turf Moor on September 19, 2017 in Burnley, England.

Following Leeds' first Championship defeat of the season last weekend and Mateusz Klich's wonderful performance against Burnley in the League Cup in midweek, Kalvin Phillips may have felt that he was under just a little bit more pressure than he had been at any stage this season.

Since scoring a brace on the opening day, Phillips has really cemented himself as a key player for Thomas Christiansen's side, especially as his partnership with Eunan O'Kane in the middle of the park has been one of the most pleasant surprises of the season for Whites fans after both played more peripheral roles last year.

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,...

However, the Millwall loss led to some questioning whether Christiansen should consider rotating the holding midfielders as they struggled to contain a Lions side that fully deserved their three points.

The calls for rotation were seemingly amplified slightly in midweek when Klich and Ronaldo Vieira played extremely well to help Championship leaders Leeds knock out their Premier League opponents at Turf Moor.

Unsurprisingly, with Klich and Vieira playing 120 minutes against the Clarets, Christiansen reverted back to the partnership that has proved so influential this term when Leeds hosted Ipswich on Saturday.

Thomas Christiansen manager of Leeds United looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Leeds United at City Ground on August 26, 2017 in Nottingham,...

And the decision reaped rewards as the Whites maintained their position at the top of the table, and Phillips demonstrated his quality with a moment of brilliance for Leeds' second in the 3-2 win.

The academy graduate was played in after headers from Pierre-Michel Lasogga and Samuel Saiz sent the ball heading into space inside the Ipswich penalty area.

Phillips appeared before any of the opposition defenders or Tractor Boys goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski and showed the composure of a striker to take one touch past the goalkeeper and then calmly slot the ball home to take his tally to four goals for the campaign.

While it was not the perfect display from Leeds, that moment of quality from Phillips surely vindicated Christiansen's selection decision, and highlights just how strong the Whites' squad is right now.

In previous years, Leeds' lack of depth would have meant that Klich's cup display would have made it impossible for the Poland international to be left out of the following game - but now it appears that one outstanding performance is still not enough on its own to break into a Whites side that has silenced so many doubters this term.

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