By Will Butcher
Midfielder Kalvin Phillips has claimed that Leeds’ target is to achieve a place in the play-offs this season.
The 20-year-old was given 90 minutes alongside Ireland international Eunan O’Kane on Saturday, as the Yorkshire giants secured their fourth consecutive win in all competitions with a 1-0 win over Ipswich.
Phillips told the Yorkshire Post that Garry Monk’s side are targeting a top-six slot with promotion to the Premier League in their sights.
“The play-offs are our main target and getting as high as we can,” Phillips told the Yorkshire Post. “We’re looking up the table now and trying to pick everyone off. Hopefully, we can carry on doing it.
“It’s a bit early to speak but, obviously, we want to keep this run going, carry on winning and hopefully climb the table like we’ve been planning to do.”
Phillips has become an integral part of Leeds’ squad this season, impressing against the likes of Fleetwood and Blackburn as well as scoring a fantastic 25-yard free-kick during the 3-1 loss to Nottingham Forest.
The Leeds academy graduate has made 11 appearances in all competitions, and is now considered above youngster Ronaldo Vieira in the midfield pecking order.
It remains to be seen whether Leeds’ number 23 will have a part to play against Bristol City on Tuesday at Ashton Gate, as captain Liam Bridcutt continues his fight to recover from a foot injury he picked up against Blackburn last week.