A statistic has emerged which showcases just how brilliantly Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips performed at Euro 2020 for England.
The Lowdown: Phillips excels for England
Gareth Southgate’s team suffered final heartbreak on Sunday, losing to Italy on penalties as their long wait for another major trophy goes on.
Phillips was outstanding for the Three Lions in the tournament, starting every game and providing non-stop energy in the middle of the park.
The Latest: Amazing stat emerges
With the competition now done and dusted, BBC Sport has revealed a host of interesting statistics from the Euros, with one about Phillips catching the eye.
It is confirmed that the 25-year-old produced an impressive total of 229 pressing actions, which is 78 more than Austria’s Konrad Laimer in second place. Not only that, but Phillips also covered the second-greatest distance in the entire tournament (83km), with only Jorginho (86.6km) getting the better of him.
The Verdict: Same again for Leeds, please
Such figures will come as no surprise to Leeds supporters, with Phillips such a formidable performer for the club over the years, averaging 2.6 tackles and 1.6 interceptions per game in the Premier League last season.
The hope is that the midfielder grows in confidence and stature even more for the Whites next season, hopefully inspiring them to a European finish.
Phillips’ performances may have alerted some top clubs, however, so Leeds must do all they can to keep hold of arguably their most important player – one who illustrated his brilliance by being a performance leader at a star-studded Euro 2020.
In other news, Leeds are reportedly eyeing up a move for an exciting wide man – find out who it is here.
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