Danny Mills has been left raving over Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips and claims he is becoming the “complete player” under Marcelo Bielsa.
The former Leeds and England full-back, speaking in an exclusive interview with Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the 23-year-old already has many of the technical elements that make up an all-round midfielder but that he has started to show greater decision making.
The Leeds-born talent scored the 11th senior goal of his career in Leeds’ 1-0 win over Birmingham City on Saturday, a game celebrating the club’s 100th year anniversary, while he also started the midweek clash versus Preston North End.
Mills says that it is the ability to know when to attack and when to defend which sets great midfielders apart from the rest and suggests that his goal on Saturday shows he is developing that side of his game.
Mills told Football Insider: “He’s got a lot of energy and he’s a quality player. I’ve said many times, you don’t have to be a holding midfield player, you don’t have to be the right-hand side of a three, you don’t have to be an attacking midfielder – you are a midfielder.
“You have licence to pick and choose your time. When you haven’t got the ball, you may have a set position but when you’ve got the ball, you’ve got to make the right decisions to move forward at the right times, to sit at the right times.
“That’s what he’s starting to do and become more of a complete player than he was previously.”
Phillips has played the full 90 minutes in all but one of Leeds’ Championship games this season, finding himself substituted with 14 minutes left to play in the 2-1 defeat away at Millwall.
Leeds’ next game sees them play host to Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday, Jack Harrison scoring the only goal of the game when the sides met in the same fixture back in April.
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