‘Body strength’: BBC pundit cannot contain himself over Leeds 24-year-old

Luke Ayling of Leeds United celebrates with team mates after scoring his sides first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Bristol City at Elland Road on...

Kalvin Phillips played well for Leeds United at the weekend.

Kalvin Phillips of Leeds United gestures to Leeds fans after the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Leeds United at Griffin Park on February 11, 2020 in Brentford, England.

Noel Whelan has praised Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips on BBC Radio Leeds.

The former Leeds striker was impressed with the display produced by Phillips during the Championship game against Bristol City at Elland Road at the weekend.

The 24-year-old midfielder started the match and played for the entire 90 minutes, as Marcelo Bielsa’s won 1-0.

Whelan said about Phillips on BBC Radio Leeds on Saturday: “He anticipates the ball coming through. He works along that line tirelessly, putting challenges in, breaking up attacks. And he just went all the way to the end today.

"The last minute, the last seconds, he’s driving through with that ball, taking the ball from his own half into theirs. He’s such a massive part of this side.

“When you’ve got somebody with that sort of body strength, and you trust your body to be able to hold people off, and move the ball to the side and keep it safe, he’s such a clever player. His progression has been unreal.”

Leeds United's Kalvin Phillips during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on January 11, 2020 in Leeds, England.

Good performance

Phillips is one of the best midfielders in the Championship and is a key figure in the current Leeds team.

The Englishman was superb against City and was a force to be reckoned with in the middle of the park.

The 24-year-old drove his team forward and also made sure that the defence did not come under too much pressure.

Stats

According to WhoScored, against City, Phillips played three key passes, had a pass accuracy of 85%, took 82 touches, attempted two dribbles, made two tackles, two interceptions and three clearances, and put in five crosses.

So far this season, the 24-year-old has scored one goal and provided two assists in 29 Championship matches for Leeds, according to WhoScored.

Luke Ayling of Leeds United celebrates with team mates after scoring his sides first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Bristol City at Elland Road on...

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