Tim Sherwood has labelled Leeds United enforcer Kalvin Phillips as one of the best midfield players in the entire Premier League.
Marcelo Bielsa transformed Phillips from the first minute he arrived, and it has done his career wonders as a holding midfield player at Elland Road.
The Sky Sports pundit admitted that the Yorkshire Pirlo has made that role his own, and has been given a clear identity, just as the rest of the squad has.
Speaking on Sky Sports on Saturday afternoon, Sherwood admitted that he was worthy of an England international spot in the Championship.
“Kalvin Phillips is one of the best midfield players in the league,” he said.
“I think he was an England player when he was in the Championship, that’s how good he is. He needs to play in there on his own.
“They need to have energy, there is a clear identity which he will not move from.”
Phillips can take mountains of praise, but even he will admit that Bielsa has played a massive role in his upturn of fortunes.
The 25-year-old handed El Loco his first England shirt as thanks for helping him get to that point in his career, and that shows the relationship between the two.
Before Bielsa arrived, Phillips was played either in midfield or the playmaker role, but this quarterback role suits his attributes perfectly – allowing him to dictate play, but also dominate the opposition physically.
No one is performing better in the Whites squad this season according to WhoScored, and we can’t wait to see a Leeds player representing the Three Lions in a major tournament this summer – fingers crossed.
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