Phillips, who can also operate as a central defender, has said that Bielsa does so because he wants to push him.
The 23-year-old has also stated that the Leeds head coach takes this stance of pushing those players in training whom he likes.
Phillips told The Yorkshire Evening Post: “It’s hard to tell really. I don’t think he’s got favourites, but with the people he likes he kind of has to push them more.
“He always has a go at me in training, to do something, or he’ll always be shouting my name and making sure I’m doing the right things. I think he shows it in that way instead of obviously saying he likes me.”
Improvement under Marcelo Bielsa
Phillips has improved massively under Leeds head coach Bielsa, and now he is arguably the best player in his position in the Championship.
It is due to intense training and improving in those sessions that the 23-year-old has developed into the player he is now, and Bielsa has to be given a lot of credit.
The Argentine is known for improving young and talented players, and it is very encouraging to see that Phillips is open to learning from him.
According to WhoScored, Phillips has made six appearances in the Championship for Leeds so far this season and played in 44 league games in 2018-19.
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