By David Woods

10th Mar, 2020 | 10:14am

EFL sends Twitter message about Leeds star after recent actions

Leeds United fans don’t like the EFL very much. 

There’s a big portion of fans who think that the EFL treat Leeds as their cash cow and don’t want the club to go up.

However, credit where credit’s due.

The EFL posted a Twitter message on Tuesday highlighting the recent community work of Kalvin Phillips and calling him a “shining example” of the effect football can have on society.

The accompanying story from John Cross in the Mirror will make Leeds fans love Phillips even more.

He’s been absolutely outstanding on the pitch for Leeds under Marcelo Bielsa and his fanbase grew more when he decided to stay at Elland Road this season, with Premier League clubs calling.

The success hasn’t gone to his head, though, and Phillips remembers where he came from and is intent on giving back what he can to the community.

Phillips is Leeds born and used to go to Elland Road as a fan. He’s living the dream now but grew up in a poor household.

The Mirror article refers to him as a “shining example for the Football League’s Day of Action next Tuesday to show the positive influence football can have on society and it comes from his own upbringing which is also pushing him to the top.”

Phillips is quoted as saying, “I’m from Leeds so it’s a big part of me and I like getting to know people, find out about them, see different backgrounds and where they’ve come from. Sometimes the struggles relate to my own struggles.

“I didn’t have much but my mum and grandma gave me as much as they could, but we weren’t a rich family and we had to work hard for what we got. But I think you can make a difference to people and I enjoy doing that.”

Phillips has been chosen as Leeds’ Community Player of the Year for a third year running for his work with the community.

It makes a refreshing change to hear about a footballer doing good and Phillips is a star on and off the pitch.

He’s now within a whisker of taking his city into the Premier League but he’s always stayed grounded and relatable.

It also makes a refreshing change for the EFL to highlight the good that Leeds are doing.

The Spy Gate scandal left a sour taste in the mouth of Leeds fans that was mitigated when the club was awarded the FIFA Fair Play award.

Bielsa’s philosophy at the club has always been to keep his players humble and grounded and Phillips is a great ambassador for Leeds.

We’re lucky to have him.

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