Danny Higginbotham claims Leeds United ace is ready for the Premier League

Patrick Bamford of Leeds United reacts towards Leeds United manager

Leeds United are currently sitting top of the Championship table after seven games.

Kalvin Phillips of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Barnsley and Leeds United at Oakwell Stadium on September 15, 2019 in Barnsley, England.

Danny Higginbotham has claimed that Leeds United's Kalvin Phillips can play in the Premier League right now as he lauded him as an 'incredible' player. 

The 23-year-old is arguably Leeds United's most important players and he recently ended speculation about his future at Elland Road by putting pen-to-paper on a new contract, as reported by BBC Sport.

That news would have brought a lot of joy to Whites supporters because Phillips is a boyhood fan, who has come through the system and is now a key member of the team.

 

Speaking to Match Centre on Sky Sports News (19/09/2019 at 11:55 pm), former Stoke player Higginbotham believes Phillips staying at the club was the best piece of business the club conducted this summer.  

"Nobody knew what to expect on the first game of the season," Higginbotham told Sky Sports News. "They went to Bristol City, who are one of the better teams in the Championship and they just took it in their stride. 

"The players they have of course brought in the summer, but if you look at Kalvin Phillips, that's the best piece of business they did in the summer. He's an incredible player. He can play in the Premier League now and Leeds United have managed to keep hold of him."

Leeds United's Kalvin Phillips during the Sky Bet Championship match between Stoke City and Leeds United at Bet365 Stadium on August 24, 2019 in Stoke on Trent, England.

Marcelo Bielsa's side are currently sitting top of the Championship table after seven matches and they will be hoping to maintain that spot after this weekend's fixtures. 

Leeds face a tough test against Derby County on Saturday - the team who knocked them out of last season's play-off semi-final, so revenge might be on the cards.

There has been a lot of change at Pride Park this summer, with Phillip Cocu replacing Frank Lampard, and the club losing their loanees such as Mason Mount and Harry Wilson.

The Rams have started off the campaign in an indifferent manner as they have not picked up a win in the league since their opening day victory against Huddersfield Town. 

Phillip Cocu manager of Derby looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Cardiff City at Pride Park Stadium on September 13, 2019 in Derby, England.

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