Kalvin Phillips hails ex-Leeds boss Neil Redfearn

Kalvin Phillips of Leeds United is given a red card by referee Darren England, after his challenge on Adlene Guedioura of Nottingham Forest during the Sky Bet Championship match between...

The Leeds United star made his debut under Neil Redfearn four years ago.

Leeds manager Neil Redfearn looks on ahead of the Sky Bet Championship match between Reading and Leeds United at Madejski Stadium on February 10, 2015 in Reading, England.

Kalvin Phillips has revealed to The Yorkshire Evening Post that he feels indebted to former Leeds United boss Neil Redfearn.

Phillips is only 23 but the Thorp Arch graduate made his first-team debut for United under Redfearn in an away game at Wolves way back in 2015.

He has since developed into one of the Championship's finest young midfielders and could get a first taste of Premier League action next season if Leeds win the playoffs.

Phillips has come a very long way in four years, and he is forever grateful to Redfearn, sacked by then-Whites owner Massimo Cellino a month later, for the faith he afforded him as a teenager.

 

He told The Yorkshire Evening Post: "Neil Redfearn knew what kind of player I was. He gave me my chance at Wolves, which is probably one of the best games I’ve played in with everything that went on.

"I trusted him and I’m grateful to him for bringing me through. Look where it’s got me.”

If Leeds are going to win Premier League promotion, Phillips is going to have a big role to play.

You could argue that he and Pablo Hernandez have been far and away Marcelo Bielsa's most influential players this season, and the Argentine coach is going to need both at the top of their game over the coming weeks.

Leeds manager Neil Redfearn encourages his side during the Sky Bet Championship match between Reading and Leeds United at Madejski Stadium on February 10, 2015 in Reading, England.

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