By Dave Woods

12th Nov, 2019 | 8:40am

MOT View: One player Leeds can't afford to lose as yellow card ban looms

Five yellow cards in the Championship equals an automatic one-game ban. 

There are currently two Leeds players sitting on four yellow cards – Ezgjan Alioski, who is currently out injured and has missed the last two games, and Kalvin Phillips.

Phillips picked up his fourth yellow card towards the end of the 2-1 win against Blackburn and it was a bit of a stupid one.

The midfielder brought down John Buckley on the halfway line and then stood in front of him when he went to take a quick free-kick.

With the score at 2-1, breaking the flow of the game up was good but that could end up being a costly yellow for Phillips and for Leeds.

To say he’s central to the Leeds side is both literal and figurative. He’s the engine of the side and Marcelo Bielsa needs him playing in every game.

There is light at the end of the tunnel for those walking the disciplinary tightrope, though. Yellows get wiped off the slate after 19 fixtures in the Championship, which means there are three more games for Phillips to navigate safely – Luton, Reading and Middlesbrough – before the sanctuary of the Huddersfield clash on December 7.

With Alioski currently out, along with Adam Forshaw who is on three yellow cards, it’s only Phillips currently at risk, but it’s typical that it’s the side’s most important player.

Phillips will know the situation and Marcelo Bielsa will have stressed how important it is to avoid another yellow, but when you’re as busy as Phillips is and making so many tackles, it’s not going to be a straightforward ask.

Leeds United yellows (wiped after Middlesbrough game on Nov 30)

Four
Ezgjan Alioski
Kalvin Phillips

Three
Adam Forshaw

Two
Matesuz Klich

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