Leeds United will be waiting with anticipation after Kalvin Phillips was ruled as a doubt for the clash against Hull City.
Marcelo Bielsa revealed in his post-match press conference following the win over Middlesbrough, that the Yorkshire-born player is touch and go ahead of the game against the Tigers. He also revealed that January signing Jean-Kevin Augustin is definitely out of the fixture as he looks to recover from a minor hamstring injury (via Leeds Live).
It could prove to be a tricky game as Kalvin Phillips has shown how much he improves the Whites’ midfield when he is starting. After the club were swept aside by Nottingham Forest, Phillips returned to the team for the game against Brentford and his performance, compared to Ben White’s against Sabri Lamouchi’s side, showed why he is so highly-rated.
In the game at the City Ground, White proved to be anonymous despite playing in the centre of the pitch as he played the sixth-most passes for his side (via WhoScored). A central midfielder needs to be more involved in the game and Phillips showed that against the Bees as he played the most passes for Bielsa’s side.
The Leeds academy graduate also played the most accurate long balls and the third-most crosses as he helped his side in attack. Meanwhile, the Brighton and Hove Albion loanee was less than impressive when it came to the attacking side of the game as he played no crosses and just one long ball during the 2-0 loss.
As you can see, the 24-year-old is a massive player for the outfit as seen by his ability to help the attack despite playing in a defensive midfield role. White is a good defender, however, as displayed at the City Ground, he proves incredibly limited in helping in the final third.
If the £13.5m-rated, as per Transfermarkt, Phillips is missing from the starting XI, the fixture could prove to be a tricky one for the Elland Road team, who will be looking to continue their three-game winning streak.
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