By Danny Wright
Thomas Christiansen has admitted that Kalvin Phillips’ disciplinary record was one of the “biggest problems” in Leeds United’s game against Leicester on Tuesday night.
Phillips, 21, was risked to start in the 3-1 League Cup defeat at the King Power having already picked up four bookings this season, meaning that one more yellow card would result in a one-game ban.
However the midfielder got through the 90 minutes without getting himself in the referee’s book and Christiansen has revealed that he was relieved that Phillips will still be available against Sheffield United on Friday.
“It was important that Kalvin didn’t see any yellow cards,” said Christiansen, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“It was one of the biggest problems or issues in the game but he passed through it very well.”
Phillips has emerged as one of the first names on the teamsheet since Christiansen took charge of Leeds in the summer.
The Elland Road academy product has made 14 appearances across all competitions this season, starting every single game in the Championship and scoring four goals in the process.
He has formed a formidable partnership with Eunan O’Kane, which may once again be utilised when Sheffield United travel to Elland Road on Friday night in what will no doubt be a brilliant Yorkshire derby between two sides who have impressed this campaign.
Leeds are four points behind the Blades in the Championship table at the moment and will have to win if they want to keep up the pressure on the runaway top three.
In other Leeds United news, Noel Whelan slammed this “lazy” attacker for his performance against Leicester.