Today is talismanic Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips’ 24th birthday, which has led many Whites supporters to heap praise on the Englishman.
A product of the Leeds academy system, Phillips signed his first professional contract and made his first-team debut in 2014.
The 24-year-old has gone on to make 162 appearances for the Yorkshire club–scoring 11 times and contributing 10 assists.
Phillips has come on leaps and bounds since the arrival of Marcelo Bielsa in 2018, with the Argentine coach making him a key player.
That was reflected in his impressive performances in the 2018/19 campaign–the midfielder helped the Whites to a third-place finish and was named in the EFL Championship Team of the Season.
He has been vital again this season, starting in all 21 of Leeds matches and helping them to climb into the automatic promotion places.
The defensive midfielder’s ability to both drop into the backline and push forward to join attacks is key to the way the Whites play under Bielsa and provides his side with real versatility.
Phillips was reportedly the target of multiple bids above £20 million in the summer but Leeds held their resolve to keep him at the club.
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Phillips appears to be a fan favourite amongst the Elland Road faithful, as many supporters have heaped praise on him on his birthday.
Read their reaction here:
At 20 I didn’t think he’d be the player he is at 24, great attitude with a great manger has made him into a Beast.
— Andy Dent 💙💛 (@Thedentsmaster) December 2, 2019
— Jonathan Powell (@jpowell100) December 2, 2019
I really didn’t rate for a while when he broke into the team. But he’s grown and developed in this role under bIelsa & is now a key player
— James Pearson (@JamesPearson25) December 2, 2019
— James Purvis (@JamesPurvis21) December 2, 2019
He’s magic, you know
— Chris Hall (@Chrislufc87) December 2, 2019
What a player….. he’s turned into a quality player from looking like Simon in coronation street 😂
— Rich Carter (@area_62) December 2, 2019
— Darren John Young 💙💛🇬🇧🏴 (@DarrenJohnYoung) December 2, 2019
Never seen a player at Leeds Improve like he has in such a short space of time since I have been watching Leeds, it’s scary to think how good he can be……. MOT 🙌🏻
— Robert James (@Robertkas86) December 2, 2019