Kalvin Phillips wasn’t at his best in Leeds United’s 2-1 defeat at home to West Ham, with journalist Graham Smyth critical of him after the game.
The Lowdown: Leeds’ woes continue
The Whites were desperately searching for their first Premier League win of the season on Saturday afternoon, but they left Elland Road with nothing.
West Ham produced a second half comeback which stunned Marcelo Bielsa’s side, with Michail Antonio scoring a last-gasp winner for the visitors.
The Latest: Phillips performance criticised
Phillips came up against fellow England midfielder Declan Rice, but it was the latter who came away with the bragging rights in the end.
The Leeds star wasn’t at his best, and writing in his player ratings after the match, The Yorkshire Evening Post‘s Smyth gave an eight-word verdict which summed up the 25-year-old’s performance. He wrote that Phillips was “unable to get a grip on the game” and awarded him a modest rating of six.
The Verdict: Allowed one bad game
Phillips has been an incredible performer for Leeds – Alan Shearer described him as ‘magnificent’ during Euro 2020 – and this was nothing more than a rare off-day for him.
In truth, the Englishman was still far from awful, but he lacked his usual influence, losing the ball on 10 occasions and winning only three of his eight duels while Rice and his Hammers teammates won the battle in the middle of the park.
There should be no great concern about Phillips’ form despite not yet hitting the heights of 2020/21, though, and it would be no surprise if he bounces back with a big performance at home to Watford next Saturday.
In other news, one player’s performance against West Ham was criticised by some Leeds fans. Find out who it is here.
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