It’s been a very mixed couple of days for Leeds United’s central midfielder Kalvin Phillips. The youngster was fresh off the back of a disappointing day personally and for the team when he learned that he was named the EFL Young Player of the Month for October. This is testament to the form Phillips has produced in the last month and is very well deserved.
He was quick to admit that he didn’t have a good game yesterday and that takes balls. It’s very easy for players to hide and just accept that they lost a game and that’s that. Phillips tweeted his disappointment in his own performance as well as the teams. He was thrust into the fold after an injury to Liam Bridcutt at home to Blackburn. We won that game and moved onto some very good runs since. We’ve only lost a handful of games with Phillips alongside Eunan O’Kane who has helped and guided him since arriving.
To be fair to Phillips he was played horribly out of position again yesterday. He’s good in the deep areas where he can get stuck into tackles and look to feed the wide players. In the more advanced role he seems lost and his confidence became so shot yesterday even his corners began to be consistently poor. He has been a key figure in a side that has turned over many sides and October was no different. He has improved so much since the start of the season and even from brief spells last season. He’s still very young and under Monk he’s sure to improve more in the coming months.
I’m delighted as I’m sure all Leeds fans are that Kalvin won the award, let’s hope he rediscovers that form in the coming weeks. He signed a new 3-year-deal at the start of the season after Garry Monk took the head-coaches job.