Have Leeds United been wasting Kalvin Phillips?

MIDDLESBROUGH, UK 9TH FEBRUARY. Kalvin Phillips of Leeds United scores his team's first goal to make it 1-1 in the 102nd minute during the Sky Bet Championship match between Middlesbrough...

Leeds United midfielder scored a crucial equaliser at the weekend.

MIDDLESBROUGH, UK 9TH FEBRUARY. Kalvin Phillips of Leeds United scores his team's first goal to make it 1-1 in the 102nd minute during the Sky Bet Championship match between Middlesbrough...

Kalvin Phillips' equaliser for Leeds at the weekend served as a reminder of his attacking qualities.

Phillips began the season in fine form, with Teamtalk reporting he was on Gareth Southgate's radar for a potential England call up.

The midfielder bought into Marcelo Bielsa's tactical approach and was key to the Whites' strong start to the season.

 

Over the past two months Phillips has been used in a more defensive role, due to injuries in the Leeds' backline.

Leeds' decision not to sign a centre-back in the summer saw Bielsa choose to lean on Phillips as a fill in for Liam Cooper during his spell out injured.

His versatility counted against him, because while he has been a solid enough fill in at the back, Leeds have been missing his influence badly in midfield.

Kalvin Phillips of Leeds United and Matt Phillips of West Bromwich Albion during the Sky Bet Championship match between West Bromwich Albion and Leeds United at The Hawthorns on November...

His contribution in an attacking sense against Middlesbrough was another reminder of what he can bring to the table.

Phillips has had a disappointing start to 2019, picking up a suspension for a red card while playing at centre-back. He was not picked for the loss against Norwich.

Marcelo Bielsa is a genius when it comes to management, and this makes it curious that so far he has not been able to see that taking Phillips out of midfield has been to the detriment of the team.

Leeds need to get back to building around Phillips if they are to rediscover their early season dynamism.

Kalvin Phillips and his teammates celebrate winning the Sky Bet Championship match between Rotherham United and Leeds United at the New York Stadium, Rotherham on Saturday 26th January...

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