Barry Douglas has claimed that Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips is “probably” the best player he’s ever played alongside.
Douglas, 30, has had a bit of a journeyman career having played for Wolves, Konyaspor and Lech Poznan, as well as Scotland, before heading to Leeds in 2018.
And even though he played a key role in what was a great Wolves side that won the 2017/18 Championship title, Douglas still reckons that Phillips is up there among the best he’s played with.
The Leeds left-back even admitted that Phillips edges ahead of Wolves star Ruben Neves, who is still a regular for the Midlands club in the Premier League, as well as Portugal.
“As a defensive midfielder and an array of passing Kalvin Phillips is probably the best I’ve played with. Similarly Reuben Neves, with his vision and passing, both can make passes look so simple that others can’t play,” Douglas told Leeds’ official website.
Douglas played alongside some great players in that title-winning Wolves side.
Nuno Espirito Santo boasted the likes of Neves, Diogo Jota, Matt Doherty and, now at Leeds, Helder Costa.
It says a lot that Douglas hails Phillips as being above all of those because many would say Jota and Neves would be as they’ve since proven themselves as top Premier League and Europa League performers.
Hopefully Phillips will get the chance to prove himself in the top-flight one day with Leeds.
If Marcelo Bielsa’s men can finish what they started once football reconvenes, then maybe the midfielder will get that chance as well as a well-deserved England call-up.
In other Leeds United news, the Whites are keen on a defender who Tony Pulis says is good enough for the Premier League.