Leeds United battled their way to an impressive 3-1 victory against Leicester in their Premier League clash on Sunday afternoon.
Marcelo Bielsa kept his selection simple, bringing in Pascal Struijk for the injured Diego Llorente after the Newcastle game.
Kalvin Phillips was once against tasked with the hard job of marshalling one of the league’s top attacking sides, who were more reliant on their midfield.
With Jamie Vardy missing, Brendan Rodgers demanded Harvey Barnes and James Maddison dictated play for the Foxes.
After those two linked up for the opening goal, it was hard to remember another moment where they caused the Whites that many problems.
The Yorkshire Pirlo was influential in doing that.
Phillips has been superb this season, and that continued at the King Power with Gareth Southgate present to take in the action.
No player in the Leeds squad has completed more tackles per game than Phillips according to WhoScored, underlining the importance of that role in the heart of the midfield.
Patrick Bamford will get most of the headlines for his contributions, but the likes of Phillips continue to do the dirty work for this Whites side.
Many Leeds fans have reacted to the performance of Phillips, and it is clear that they were delighted with what they saw at the King Power.
The majority labelled the midfield as brilliant, with one even going as far as to compare Phillips with David Batty from his prime in the Premier League.
MOT Leeds News have picked out some of the best reactions below…
Fantastic link up play here. Kalvin Phillips and Luke Ayling playing out of their skins #lufc
— Jonny Chick (@jonnychick__) January 31, 2021
Meslier and Phillips on fire
— Luke (@LukeCParker) January 31, 2021
Great first half from Leeds. Phillips excellent showing grit and guile in midfield and look so sharp all across the team. Good move from Bielsa to get Strujik at RCB who looks far more comfortable there than Cooper did on Weds. Would take a point still! #lufc #LEILEE #MOT
— Andrew Belt (@andrey_belt) January 31, 2021
Bamford, Ayling, Dallas and Phillips have all been incredible today.
Delightful to watch. #LUFC
— Anders, 🇩🇰 Leeds fan (@BenBuford11) January 31, 2021
Every game southgate attends leeds game, kalvin Phillips plays like modric
— omar medina (@ATacuara) January 31, 2021
Phillips is solid, ayling is class and Cooper needs replacing asap
— Henry (@LUFC_Henry) January 31, 2021
Pleased with that first half. Leicester a completely different side without Vardy but can only play what’s in front of you. Phillips like a prime David Batty at time, putting himself about. There for the taking this, into em Leeds #MOT #LUFC
— _ALAW1919 (@ALAW19191) January 31, 2021
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