Better than £6m star? Leeds United hero Kalvin Phillips has given fans something to consider

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 midfielder Kalvin Phillips is performing better than ever.

Lewis Cook of AFC Bournemouth in action during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Leicester City at Vitality Stadium on September 30, 2017 in Bournemouth, England.

Lewis Cook's sale in 2016 came as a tremendous disappointment to Leeds United fans, who had hoped he would be the leader of the team for the next decade.

Cook was sold to Bournemouth, taking a shortcut to the Premier League.

Little did Leeds realise at the time that a potential replacement was already at the club, midfield ace Kalvin Phillips.

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,...

Cook's best asset was his tackling and ability to close teams down, winning the ball back against more experienced opposition.

Yet it says everything about Phillips' performances this season that his tackling rate is now exceeding Lewis Cook's during his time at Leeds. 

  SeasonWon Tackles per game
Kalvin Phillips 2017-2018 2.26
Lewis Cook 2014-2015 1.54
Lewis Cook 2015-2016 1.49

Phillips is averaging more tackles per game this season than Cook's last two campaigns at Leeds when he was a regular part of the XI. 

The Leeds midfielder is even the second most prolific in the Championship this season, testament to both himself, the coaching staff, and the club's academy. 

  TeamWon Tackles
Massimo Luongo QPR 50
Kalvin Phillips Leeds 43
Didier Ndong Sunderland 40
Luke Murphy Burton Albion 39
George Saville Millwall 36

It's time Phillips was given the credit Cook has had since his breakthrough, knowing also that the youngster contributes more goals this season than his former teammate did in his whole Leeds tenure.

It's just a shame that Leeds fans did not get the chance to see them both blossom in the same side.

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