Darren Bent has been left heralding the importance of Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips after it was confirmed he would return to the side versus Brentford.
The former Aston Villa and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the 24-year-old is the best player at Elland Road and he has been a “huge” miss in recent weeks.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference on Monday, Bielsa confirmed that Phillips would step back into the starting XI after his three-game absence, insisting he is an “important player” to the way Leeds play.
Back at Thorp Arch for Bielsa's pre-Brentford presser.
Team news – Phillips is back from suspension. Tyler Roberts suffered a knock to his calf at the weekend and won't be in the squad tomorrow. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) February 10, 2020
Bent echoed the manager’s thoughts on the midfield enforcer and says it is time for Leeds to start grinding out results any way they can.
Bent told Football Insider: “Yeah, he has been a huge miss. You worry about Leeds now because you’re seeing the same signs that happened last year this season.
“He is their best player and they need to find a way of getting results now. They’re at that point where it’s not really about looking pretty and great football. Even if you play rubbish from now until the end of the season, 1-0 wins here and there, that’s what you need to do.
“Right now, I don’t quite know what’s going on with them because they’re so indifferent. It’s really important that they start picking up results.”
Phillips had missed just one game across all competitions prior to his red card against QPR, the dismissal meaning he sat out games against Millwall, Wigan and Nottingham Forest.
He has played a total of 30 times this season, with his only goal coming against Birmingham City.
In other Leeds United news, Danny Mills has been left baffled as a club chief revealed their transfer targets.