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Leeds: Patrick Vieira critical of Kalvin Phillips after England draw

Leeds: Patrick Vieira critical of Kalvin Phillips after England draw - Leeds United News

Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira has been critical of Leeds United star Kalvin Phillips following England’s 0-0 draw against Scotland.

The Lowdown: Phillips struggles in stalemate

Phillips was Man of the Match in the Three Lions’ tournament opener last weekend, shining in midfield as his country beat Croatia 1-0 at Wembley and being hailed as ‘immense’ by manager Gareth Southgate.

The 25-year-old was less effective in Friday’s stalemate with Scotland, however, failing to stamp his usual authority on proceedings on a disappointing night.

It was a team performance which has received much criticism, but a number of individuals have also been getting some negative press.

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The Latest: Vieira criticises Leeds hero

Speaking on ITV Sport [via MOT Leeds News], Vieira felt that Phillips was too cautious on the ball against Scotland, along with midfield colleague Declan Rice. The three-time Premier League winner said:

“I think when you look at England, they’re in a good place but if you ask ‘why don’t they create good chances’, I believe the holding midfielders, Rice and Phillips, are both ball-winners, it’s not their strength to be good with the ball.

“I think there’s a lack of creativity, a lack of seeing the game really quick and trying to find players between the lines. Too many passes backwards and safe passes sideways.

“They didn’t take enough risks.”

The Verdict: Unfair negativity

While Phillips was somewhat below-par against Scotland (no shots or key passes, only one successful tackle), it is unfair by Vieira to suggest that he is a limited footballer in terms of his quality on the ball.

The Leeds ace averaged 1.2 key passes per game in the Premier League last season, excelling in a deep-lying role, and he has scored 13 goals and registered 12 assists for the Whites.

Hopefully he will retain his place against the Czech Republic on Tuesday evening, showing the world what a top-class midfielder he truly is and proving that the night against Scotland was a rare off-day.

In other news, Leeds are reportedly ‘confident’ of signing one player this summer. Find out who it is here


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