Danny Mills has claimed that Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips ‘can go a touch too far’ due to his aggressive mindset in the middle of the park.
This comes after the Leeds man showed his physical nature during the Whites’ last league game against Nottingham Forest. He was shown a yellow card for a late challenge on Tiago Silva.
Last season the 23-year-old was shown nine yellow cards and received one red. Funnily enough, the sending-off also came against Forest.
Ex England and Leeds defender Mills expressed his opinion about the midfielder’s playing style, where he didn’t necessarily say it’s wrong to be aggressive, but more the fact that it doesn’t take too much to step over the line.
Speaking to Football Insider, Mills said: “It’s a very fine line, isn’t it?
“Players like that play on the edge and are good because they play on the edge. Think of Wayne Rooney at his very best, Diego Costa similar sort, Alan Smith.
“I’m not trying to compare players, just those who play on the edge. You want them walking a tightrope.
“You want them right up to their line and occasionally they will stick their toe or their nose over it. You have to accept that from time to time, they will go a touch too far. So long as he’s not doing it week after week, there’s nothing to worry about.”
It’s vital that Phillips does remain on top of his aggression and controls it in a manner that won’t affect Leeds in the long-run.
His overall play has been fantastic over the last season and he has grown into being one of the Whites most important players at the club.
Mills has a point but he also states he wants players to play right up to the line and he knows that Phillips may occasionally cross it. It’s wise words though as yellow cards soon start tallying up and before you know it, suspensions appear.
Leeds can’t afford to miss a player such as Phillips, especially if they’re going for promotion once more.