Alan Shearer has named Leeds United duo Pascal Struijk and Kalvin Phillips in his Premier League team of the week after the 0-0 draw with Manchester United.
The pair were crucial to the clean sheet, with Phillips particularly effective in reducing the influence of key Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes.
Shearer was particularly fond of the England international’s display, which was watched by Gareth Southgate at Elland Road.
He said of Phillips, via Premier League, “A really energetic display. Leeds’ midfield was far more robust than in their 6-2 defeat in the reverse fixture.”
And Shearer was even more complimentary of Struijk, adding, “He was solid and reliable and his passing was superb as Leeds United picked up another point against one of the big boys.”
Phillips is no stranger to Shearer’s team of the week but it is brilliant to see Struijk getting such big recognition.
The 21-year-old has gone under the radar this season and that is partly because he has been in and out of the team.
But he has played a crucial role in big results and kept clean sheets against Chelsea and Man United in recent weeks.
He kept Marcus Rashford and an in-form Mason Greenwood quiet throughout too, with Illan Meslier not really tested all that much in open play.
Struijk has looked comfortable at centre-back all season long, which is quite an accomplishment given this is his first season playing in the top-flight.
He has made a vast improvement on his performances last season and is pushing Liam Cooper for a regular place in the side.
Struijk deserves a regular spot too, and probably would have already replaced Cooper if he was not the captain.
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