Leeds United’s Kalvin Phillips makes body fat admission

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.

Kalvin Phillips is an important player for Leeds United.

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,...

Leeds United central midfielder Kalvin Phillips has admitted to The Yorkshire Evening Post that he had to eat healthier in order to cut down on his body fat.

The 21-year-old has revealed that head coach Thomas Christiansen, who was appointed in his role in the summer of 2017, had slimmed him down.

Piero Mingoia of Cambridge United holds off Kalvin Phillips of Leeds United during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Cambridge United and Leeds United at Cambs Glass Stadium on...

“I feel like I’ve improved a lot,” Phillips told The Yorkshire Evening Post. “Physically I’m quite big so I’ve got quite a bit of body fat. He (Christiansen) tried to make me slim down so I could be quicker and a little bit sharper.

“It’s hard because you love a chocolate cake after Sunday dinner but you’ve got to nip these things in the bud. I’ve started eating a lot healthier.

“In the first couple of weeks I felt a bit drained but by cutting down on certain things I’ve felt the benefit. You can see that in my performances.”

Johnny Russell of Derby County and Kalvin Phillips of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Leeds United at iPro Stadium on October 15, 2016 in Derby,...

It is quite an astonishing revelation from Phillips, and one that shows just how important it is for professional footballers to stay in shape and keep fit.

It is also great that Christiansen has noticed this in the 21-year-old, and that measures have been taken to sort it.

The central midfielder is an important player for Leeds, and him staying fit and healthy will be important for the Whites as the season progresses.

Phillips has scored five goals and provided one assist in 15 Championship appearances for Leeds so far this season.

The Whites will take on Middlesbrough at Elland Road in the Championship on Sunday afternoon.

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