By Harry Sykes
Leeds United fans took to Twitter to rave about Kalvin Phillips in the wake of their 2-0 win against Birmingham City on Tuesday night.
The midfielder, 21, played the full 90 minutes of United’s fourth consecutive league win after being given the nod to start for the seventh time in the competition this season.
It is a far cry from 2016-17, when Phillips was the fourth choice central midfielder behind Liam Bridcutt, Ronaldo Vieira and Eunan O’Kane.
The Elland Road academy product was also a regular target for criticism from supporters, who felt his composure and distribution did not match his energy.
But Phillips has won over the Elland Road faithful with a series of impressive displays this season.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
I’m not saying I’m easily pleased but I could pretty much watch 90 minutes of Kalvin Phillips chopping people. It never gets old. #lufc
— Tommy D (@tommy_lufc) September 12, 2017
Kalvin Phillips. Brilliant again. #lufc
— Dan Farrar (@Dannylufc90) September 12, 2017
Poor game but a big win against a brum team that played us off the park last year at ER. Pontus, Ayling & Coops quality, Phillips MOM #lufc
— Stephen Butler (@PButlek) September 12, 2017
Tell you what, Kalvin Phillips goes very much under the radar in this team at the minute. Always rated him ???? #LUFC
— Niall Branton ???? (@NiallBranton) September 12, 2017
Phillips – 7 – Vital part of the performance again. Brilliant throughout and showed his love for a big tackle many times. #lufc
— AllWhiteStrip (@AllWhiteStripLU) September 12, 2017
Superb last night Eunan. Dug deep, creating quite the partnership with Kalvin Phillips #LUFC
— jay (@JaySaunders17) September 13, 2017
Kalvin Phillips has been a revelation this year. POTS so far. He just gets it. Proving many fans wrong #lufc
— Dan Samme (@DanSamme) September 13, 2017
Phillips has also weighed in with three goals for Leeds this season, including two in the opening-day 3-2 win at Bolton.
He has formed an impressive partnership in the centre with O’Kane, who was also on the fringes of the team in the second half of last season.
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