By Mark Smith

22nd Dec, 2019 | 11:00am

Smyth claims 'Bypassed' player made Leeds look 'Vulnerable' v Fulham

There is no doubting that Kalvin Phillips has become the most valuable asset Leeds United have at Elland Road.

Premier League clubs were lining up to sign the Yorkshire Pirlo in the summer, and his performances each week have underlined why this season.

Having said that, his performance in the 2-1 defeat against Fulham was one of his worst. Not that he was terrible, but compared to some of his recent outings he didn’t live up to usual standards.

Writing in his Yorkshire Evening Post ratings piece after the Fulham clash, Graham Smyth claimed that Leeds looked vulnerable when Phillips was bypassed on numerous occasions at Craven Cottage.

“Not able to boss the game or dictate for Leeds,” he wrote. “Put in some decent deliveries. When Fulham bypassed him Leeds looked vulnerable,” Smyth added.

It was easy to say that Phillips wasn’t able to boss the game against Fulham, but he didn’t exactly have much help in and around him in midfield – especially in the second half.

Marcelo Bielsa made the decision to bring on Eddie Nketiah upfront alongside Patrick Bamford, and that took an extra man out of midfield.

We can’t expect Phillips to dominate every single team Leeds come up against, and when Mateusz Klich and Stuart Dallas both pushed forward towards the end of the clash the game naturally opened up.

Spaces in the final third came along with that, and while there is no doubting that Phillips didn’t have the best of games, it seems harsh to claim that him being bypassed made the Whites look more vulnerable, but more proved that he needed more support in midfield.

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