Leeds United sent out a real statement of intent to their promotion rivals on Saturday, as they thrashed relegation-threatened Hull City 4-0 at the KCOM Stadium.
A brace from Tyler Roberts, and goals from Luke Ayling and Pablo Hernandez saw the Whites maintain their five point lead over third-placed Fulham in the Championship table.
One player who made a welcome return to the starting XI for the game was Kalvin Phillips, who returned to the team after being ruled out of their game against Middlesbrough after suffering a dead leg against Reading.
The midfielder played 90 minutes of the game against the Tigers this weekend, although there were concerns that he had picked up another problem midway through the clash in front of the Sky Sports cameras.
Phillips took to Instagram following the win, and praised his team-mates and the travelling Leeds supporters for playing their part in the win over the Tigers on Saturday.
Phillips has made 34 appearances in total for Marcelo Bielsa’s side, and he and the Elland Road faithful will be hoping that he can play his part in their push for promotion into the Premier League this season.
The Whites are just a point adrift of league-leaders West Brom in the Championship table after the Baggies were surprisingly beaten by relegation-threatened Wigan Athletic at The Hawthorns.
Phillips and his Leeds United team-mates are next in action on Saturday, when they take on Huddersfield Town at Elland Road in a game they’ll be expected to pick up three points from.
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This is a real statement of intent by Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
Even though they were picking up points, 1-0 wins weren’t what they were capable of. This 4-0 win over Hull City is exactly what Leeds can do when they’re at their best, and to be honest, I think they could have scored more on another day.
Phillips is a key member of their team, and without him, Leeds look like a completely different team for all the wrong reasons.
It’s no coincidence that their slump in results in the New Year came when Phillips wasn’t in and around the first team, so he’ll continue to be a key member of their side as they look to make a long-awaited return to the Premier League under Marcelo Bielsa’s guidance.