By Michael Brown

16th Sep, 2020 | 5:00pm

'Surprise' - Exclusive: Top pundit drops bold Leeds player claim ahead of tonight

Michael Brown believes the different style of football played in the Premier League compared to the Championship may suit some unexpected Leeds United players.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds midfielder believes all the eyes will be on Kalvin Phillips but has urged others “to take the mantle” ahead of tonight’s EFL Cup clash against Hull City.

Phillips, 24, made his England debut in their 0-0 draw with Denmark last week before making his Premier League bow in Leeds’ 4-3 loss to Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday.


Defender Robin Koch was the only player who started the weekend’s game who hadn’t played for the Whites in the Championship.

Fellow summer signing Rodrigo, 29, was introduced from the bench before giving away an 88th minute penalty that gave Liverpool all three points.

Asked by Football Insider who he expects to be Leeds’ star man this season, Brown said: “All roads are leading to Kalvin at the moment, it was brilliant to see him get his England cap.

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“Let’s see someone take that mantle, the Premier League is a different style to the Championship so it will suit others that we might not expect.

“So we might see a surprise.”

From Leeds’ starting side from Saturday only Pablo Hernandez, Helder Costa and Patrick Bamford had previous significant Premier League experience.

Bamford scored just his second Premier League goal in the weekend’s loss despite playing 27 games previously in the top flight.

Hernandez, 34, had the most Premier League experience playing 57 games across two seasons for Swansea City.

In other Leeds United news, a top pundit has dropped a Man United player claim as Leeds close to “exciting” forward signing.