Leeds United star Kalvin Phillips has been praised by Roy Keane, with the seven-time Premier League winner saying he is a “decent lad”.
The 25-year-old has arguably matured into the Whites’ most important player in recent years, excelling in the middle of the park. His quality and energy in midfield have played a huge part in Leeds’ success under Marcelo Bielsa and his performances have been recognised by England manager Gareth Southgate.
Phillips now has six caps to his name for the Three Lions, having appeared in his country’s matches against San Marino and Albania during the current international break.
Keane heaps praise on Phillips
Keane is famously someone who doesn’t suffer fools gladly, so it is always a compliment if he speaks highly about any player.
The ex-Manchester United man did just that when it came to Phillips, telling ITV [via MOT Leeds News] on Sunday that he is impressed by what he has seen and heard, saying he could start at Euro 2020 if Jordan Henderson is injured:
“Well I suppose at the moment it would be Phillips because he’s playing week in week out for Leeds. Of course they’re not challenging for titles but they’re just a newly-promoted team, he looks a fit lad and seems mature.
“I’ve heard some good things about him that he’s a decent lad so a nice problem for Gareth [Southgate] to have.”
Transfer Tavern take
For Phillips to be praised by somebody of Keane’s stature speaks volumes about his quality, highlighting the importance of Leeds keeping hold of him long-term.
He has every chance of starting for England at the Euros this summer, battling with the likes of Declan Rice and Henderson, should the latter be fit.
In other news, Leeds have been linked with an exciting move for a La Liga attacker – read more about it here.
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