Former Arsenal forward Ian Wright has heaped praise on Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips after he helped his side to a 1-0 win over Everton.
Raphinha scored his first goal for Leeds as his driven effort gave his side another away win in the Premier League but it was Phillips who turned in a match-winning performance.
Ian Wright hailed Phillips’ performance on Instagram after the game, replying to the England international’s post about the match.
Wright replied to the post with the message, “Best player on the pitch tonight KP. Keep it going.”
The former Arsenal man was right to credit Phillips after the game as he ran himself into the ground while dominating the midfield at Goodison Park.
Phillips was visibly shattered following the final whistle after giving everything to make sure his side got another three points on the board and his stats show just how impressive he was.
According to Wyscout, 80% of Phillips’ attempted actions against Everton were successful which suggests he barely put a foot wrong but anyone who watched the match could tell you that.
The 24-year-old registered a staggering 95% pass completion rate as he only misplaced four passes all evening.
Defensively he was also solid as he won 100% of his aerial duels while making 12 recoveries and six interceptions, it really was a complete performance from Phillips.
It was arguably his best performance of the season and if he continues to perform at the level he hit at Goodison Park he could cement his place as Leeds’ most important player.
Phillips has earned a rest after his dominating performance as Wright was right to call the Leeds man the ‘best player on the pitch’ on Saturday evening.
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