Leeds United head-coach Neil Redfearn has revealed that youngster Kalvin Phillips is closing in on earning a starting spot in the Leeds team, according to the YEP.
Phillips, 18, is highly-rated at Elland Road after a series of impressive performances in the Leeds United under-21 midfield, and head-coach Redfearn says he is close to the first-team.
Speaking to the YEP, Redfearn said: “To be fair, Kalvin is in a good vein of form and is playing well and scoring goals from midfield. He is definitely one who is knocking on the door.
“The good thing that is happening is that the young ones are providing healthy competition. I think to be fair to the seniors in the squad, they have embraced it.
Leeds United have seen a wealth of youngsters start in the first-team this year, most notably Alex Mowatt, Lewis Cook and Sam Byram. Mowatt’s impressive performances from midfield have seen him linked with a move to the Premier League, with Aston Villa and Everton said to be interested.
Redfearn continued: “They know the kids are decent and whatever kids have been in and around the squad, they have been accepted.
“I think that is a really good trait for the seniors to have as they know they have got to compete now.
“If that raises the bar, then great.
“What you find with kids is that they come in and are infectious. They want to train and play and compete. It is good in that way.”