By Noel Whelan

7th Dec, 2020 | 8:30pm

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Noel Whelan has heaped praise on Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips for his pass to Patrick Bamford against Chelsea that led to their opening goal in a 3-1 defeat.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former Leeds striker and boyhood Whites fan claimed Phillips’ pass from his weaker foot was “perfect”.

The 24-year-old received the ball on the left-wing and played a perfectly weighted ball with his left-foot that landed between Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma and goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.

Bamford took the ball past the goalkeeper with his first-touch before calmly finishing into an open goal.

And Whelan has claimed Phillips would be getting more plaudits for his role in the goal if he was Manchester City Kevin De Brunye.

He told Football Insider“We hit them on the counter-attack, it was a lovely finish from Bamford. 

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“That ball from Kalvin Phillips on his weaker left side had to be perfect because Bamford was in between two defenders. That ball had to be the right weight in the right area and it was a lovely confident finish by Bamford.

“But saying that, they did look very dangerous coming forward and we gifted them far too many mistakes and they should have one or two more through loose balls in the wrong place.

“If that pass was from De Bruyne, we’d be going on about it for weeks.

“That wasn’t easy, he was leaning back and it had to be in the right area with the right weight because Patrick’s on the run with the goalkeeper coming out.”

Phillips now has two Premier League assists to his name after also creating Leeds’ first goal in their 4-3 defeat to Liverpool on the opening day.

In 182 games across all compeittions for the Yorkshire giants, the England international has 12 goals and 12 assists.

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