Some Leeds United fans have blasted Graeme Souness after he suggested that Kalvin Phillips doesn’t score enough for the Whites.
Phillips turned in a man of the match performance against Everton on Saturday evening as his side won 1-0 thanks to Raphinha’s first Leeds goal.
But while covering the game for Sky Sports, the former Liverpool man suggested that the England international doesn’t score enough despite the fact that Phillips is a defensive midfielder.
Souness said, as per Leeds Live: “37 games last year in the Championship, two goals. I think he is a good striker of the ball, he should be shooting more. Get more goals. Be more of a goal threat. There’s a lot to like about him.”
Many Leeds fans were confused by Souness’ assessment of Phillips with some pointing out that it isn’t Phillips’ job to score goals.
If you take a look at Phillip’s Wyscout heatmap for the season it doesn’t suggest that the 24-year-old is in the position to grab himself more goals.
Even without the heatmap, it is clear to any Leeds fan, or anyone who has seen Phillips play, that he isn’t in the position to score many goals and it simply isn’t his job.
Phillips is more suited to defending and sitting between the midfield and defensive lines which is what he did exceptionally well at Goodison Park on Saturday.
Here is how some Leeds fans reacted to Souness’ comments.
Souness saying Phillips needs to be scoring more… as DM 😂. Can someone retire this clown already @TheSquareBall
— Super Wain (@SuperWain) November 28, 2020
Souness: "Phillips needs to add goals"
Phillips 12 in 170
Makelele 17 in 607
Kante 17 in 286
Batty 8 in 438
Busquets 9 in 386
But yeah, yeah Graeme you must be right
— Paul Wilson LUFC 💙💛 (@pwilsonmusic) November 29, 2020
Phillips’ performance yesterday was his best in a Leeds shirt IMO, as close to perfection as you can get from that position. Only thing he was missing was goals, ey Mr Souness? #lufc https://t.co/ODiXjkQcLt
— Kris Smith (@KrisSmith98) November 29, 2020
Kalvin Phillips best CDM in England but souness says he doesn’t score enough! 🤷♂️😂😂😂
— Duval (@JDuval77) November 28, 2020
— BARNEY (@barney___21) November 28, 2020
Souness saying Phillips needs to add goals to his game when his literal role is to sit, collect the ball and effectively be a quarterback 🤣🤣🤣
— Jack Harrison (@harrisonjx) November 28, 2020
Why is Souness on about Phillips lack of goals etc, he's a defensive midfielder ffs
— Ali Gray (@grayie_yra) November 28, 2020
Souness criticising Phillips for not getting goals….. he’s a CDM 😂 #lufc
— Jack Hill (@jack_hill567) November 28, 2020
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