Exclusive: Paul Robinson thrilled by 'massive' early Leeds team news v Brentford
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Paul Robinson has said that the return of Kalvin Phillips to the starting XI against Brentford tonight is “massive” for Leeds United and added that he would be “like a new signing”.
Phillips has missed the last three games for Leeds after a rash and dangerous tackle in the game against QPR.
Leeds have won one and lost two of those three games but had to come back from 2-0 down against Millwall to win 3-2 in the second half.
Gone are the days of Marcelo Bielsa announcing his starting XI in his pre-match press conference.
The only clue he did give was confirming that Phillips would come straight back into the side, saying “He makes our team richer”.
🗣️ "He makes our team richer"
Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa says midfielder Kalvin Phillips returns to the side against Brentford after a three-match suspension.
— Adam Pope (@apopey) February 10, 2020
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News ahead of the game on Tuesday night, Robinson said, “It will be a huge boost to have him come back into the side.
“Missing him for three games at such a key stage in the season when results haven’t been going according to plan… To have him, possibly your best player, coming back in will be a massive boost.
“It’ll be like a new signing really. The three games will seem like a lifetime, the way the performances and results have been.”
This is no exaggeration from Robinson. Losing Phillips for three games was disastrous and he should bring a new level of calm to a team that’s seemingly lost its collective head at the back.
A defeat will see Leeds drop out of the top two for the first time this season. A win would be huge and would help to kick-start a seemingly faltering bid for automatic promotion.
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