By Saikat Mandal

20th Nov, 2021 | 9:10pm

Kalvin Phillips suggests he will be asked to mark Harry Kane ahead of Tottenham v Leeds

Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips has suggested that he will be tasked to mark Harry Kane when the Whites face Tottenham on Sunday.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side travel to north London to face Spurs in the Premier League, and it expects to be a tough contest.

Phillips has hailed Kane as an “unbelievable” finisher, and says he will be given the job to mark him this weekend.

“He’s quite a big lad as well so he’s very strong, he can move when he wants to move, he chops people, he can send them the wrong way and he’s an unbelievable finisher,” said Phillips, as quoted by Yorkshire Evening Post.

“He’s everything you don’t want as a defender, you want him to lack in some sort of way but I don’t think he does. If he gets a clear chance you know the ball is going to hit the back of the net. We’ll just try our best to keep him quiet.

“I think I’ve got the job of marking him on the weekend so that might be fun.”

Interesting comment

Leeds have picked up just one win in their last five games.

We are heading into this game on the back of a 1-1 draw against Leicester City, but Spurs have been equally struggling as well.

Kane is a world-class striker, but he hasn’t been among the best of form.

While he has been scoring goals for fun for the England national team, the 28-year-old has managed just one goal and an assist thus far in the Premier League.

It’s an interesting comment from Phillips as he is expected to be marking Tottenham attacking midfielders and not Kane in particular.

However, Bielsa might have got some other plans. Kane drops deep and creates chances for others. Probably that’s why Bielsa wants Phillips to man-mark him and make him ineffective during the game.

Leeds are 15th in the Premier League table at the moment, and we need to win some games in a row to climb up the ladder.  

In other Leeds United news, the Whites want to sign this box-to-box midfielder from a debt-ridden club in England.