By Saikat Mandal

4th Nov, 2021 | 5:10pm

Ally McCoist comments on Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips

Ally McCoist has suggested on talkSPORT that Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips hasn’t hit the heights of last season.

Alan Brazil has asked McCoist to explain Raheem Sterling’s slump in form this season. The popular pundit observed that it’s not only Sterling but a host of England players are struggling to hit the form of last season following their Euro participation.

He has pointed out Harry Kane, John Stone, Harry Maguire, and Jack Grealish along with Phillips as examples who are performing below their expected levels.

McCoist said on talkSPORT: “Kalvin Phillips hasn’t hit the heights that he did last year, which is understandable.”

Burn out?

McCoist probably is hinting out that this group of players gave their best during the Euro Championships after enjoying a fantastic season for their respective clubs, and they’re mentally worn out.

Failing to win the competition may have affected them, especially after a covid extended season.

In the case of Phillips, it is slightly different. The England international required an extensive break after a hectic summer, and then he got injured and missed several games for Leeds.

The 25-year-old returned against Arsenal but didn’t look sharp enough. His performance improved against Norwich City, but he is nowhere near to his normal form, let alone his best form.

Also, his absence has coincided with Leeds’s poor run of form in the league. On top of that, the Whites have missed the services of several key players, which has hampered the balance of the side.

Leeds have managed only two wins this season, and they need to maintain a stretch of winning runs.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink hailed Phillips as a magnificent player [Sky Sports Premier League; September 12, 2021] earlier this season, and it is only a matter of time before he returns to his best form for club and country.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay suggests that the Whites could re-enter the race to sign PL ace after summer pursuit