Eddie Gray aims one criticism at Leeds 21-year-old
By Harvey Byrne
Former Leeds winger and manager Eddie Gray believes young midfielder Kalvin Phillips sometimes goes a little overboard in giving away cheap free-kicks.
The 21-year-old midfielder is a product of the fine academy of the Elland Road giants and has been a mainstay in Thomas Christiansen’s side this season, starting all five league games and returning two goals.
He has only received a yellow card in one of those matches, which came during the 0-0 Elland Road draw against Fulham earlier in August.
However, Gray still feels one of the youngster’s weak points is that he is sometimes too rash in the challenge and giving unnecessary opportunities away to the opposition.
“Sometimes he goes a little bit overboard,” told Gray speaking about Phillips, as shown on the official Leeds website.
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“That’s one part of his game I think he’s got to curb, giving stupid free-kicks away unnecessarily.
“When at times in games you give free-kicks away and everybody accepts it, but there’s areas at times when he has no chance of winning the ball and he still tries to do it. He gives free-kicks away, probably lets teams off the hook.”
Phillips has helped Leeds get off to a great start to life under Christiansen following the departure of last season’s successful boss Garry Monk.
The young midfielder has played vital parts in helping the Yorkshire giants to three victories and two draws from their first five league matches, leaving them in third place in the league table.
He will now be hoping to continue his early season form into Saturday’s clash against Burton, who are fighting for survival at the bottom of the Championship table.
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