Leeds United star Kalvin Phillips has detailed his ambition to follow in the footsteps of Harry Kane and become more of a leader.
Phillips is currently on international duty with England and he is clearly soaking in his surroundings as he aims to learn from the very best and that includes the £200,000-a-week [spotrac] Tottenham Hotspur striker.
Speaking to LUTV presenter Emma Jones on BBC MOTDx [25/03/21], the 25-year-old outlined his desire to improve his leadership skills.
“I think I learn off everyone really, you see players like [Marcus] Rashford and Jesse Lingard,” he said.
“Even Harry Kane, be a bit more of a leader. I don’t think I’m too good at it at the minute but hopefully I can start to get good at it when I’ve had a few more games under my belt.”
After the VT BBC MOTDx host and former England midfielder Jermaine Jenas simply said: “What a lad.”
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It is great to hear Phillips is desperate to step up and showcase even more of his talents.
He is Marcelo Bielsa’s midfield maestro and his pinpoint passing precision is what earned him the ‘Yorkshire Pirlo’ moniker.
Phillips already leads the way just by the example he sets with his consistent displays in the hub of our midfield.
It’s no shock to learn that we have lost six of the last seven games that he has missed through injury – he is crucial to setting the tempo and inspiring more from other around him.
But it’s interesting to hear him chime the note of leadership and it could be a perfect trait for him to build upon as Bielsa looks to usher in a new age of Whites talent.
Joe Gelhardt and Sam Greenwood are just two names that are set to emerge from the Thorp Arch shadows in the coming seasons and it is important that they foster meaningful relationships with senior members of the squad to speed up their integration.
Phillips knows what it means to come through the ranks at Elland Road and he is the perfect figure to guide them through the process.
Expect him to exert his influence on a greater scale soon.
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