Phil Hay has dropped some promising early team news for Leeds United ahead of their home game against Everton on Saturday afternoon.
The Lowdown: Where is Phillips?
Marcelo Bielsa said after his team were beaten 5-1 away at Manchester United on the opening weekend of the new 2021/22 Premier League season that Kalvin Phillips did not play because of a ‘lack of preparation’.
Is Phillips Leeds' most important player?
Of course, the central midfield player went all the way to the final of Euro 2020 with England in the summer under Gareth Southgate, and perhaps needs more time in training in order for him to be fully fit to start the new campaign.
The Latest: Phillips update
Writing on his Twitter page, Hay claimed that Phillips is ‘getting closer to starting’ ahead of their match against the Toffees on the weekend.
Whether he will be deemed fit enough to start is another question, but it suggests that he may at least make an impact from the bench at Elland Road.
The Verdict: Promising
It is certainly promising to hear that Phillips is getting closer to starting games, and it would be even more of a bonus if he is fit enough to start against the Blues in front of the home fans.
The 25-year-old showed just how important he is to the side in the Premier League last term, winning no fewer than 5.3 of his duels per game, as well as averaging 2.6 tackles, 1.7 clearances and 1.6 interceptions per match (Sofascore).
Nonetheless, he himself will be hoping that the game against Rafa Benitez’s team does not come too soon for him.
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