Leeds emerging star reveals Premier League ambition
By Emma Sanders
Kalvin Phillips hopes to reach the Premier League with Leeds and has set this season as a realistic target of achieving his ambition.
Leeds have been in great form in recent weeks under Garry Monk, despite losing 2-0 to league leaders Newcastle on Sunday, and Phillips hopes they can achieve promotion at the end of the season.
It has been 12 years since Leeds were in the Premier League, battling it out with the likes of bitter rivals Manchester United, and Phillips believes it is time to give the fans a chance to experience that again.
“It would be a dream come true for me to be in the Premier League with this team. When I was younger, Leeds were in the Premier League and you could see what it meant to the fans,” Phillips told BBC Sport.
“It hasn’t really happened these last few years but if we could do it this season it would be fantastic.”
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The 20 year-old scored on his home debut at Elland Road in April 2015 when Leeds beat Cardiff City 2-1 and has since gone on to become a first team regular this season.
He was just eight years old when Leeds suffered relegation from the Premier League at the end of the 2003-04 season and as a life-long fan, he hopes to achieve the dream himself.
The youngster has performed brilliantly for Leeds and was named the EFL Young Player of the Month in October after his side have climbed to seventh place in the Championship table.
He has already made 16 league appearances this season and is just one of a number of young talents to come through the academy that also include Charlie Taylor, Lewie Coyle, Alex Mowatt and Ronaldo Vieira.
In other Leeds news, this Liverpool star could return to face Monk’s side in the EFL Cup quarter-final.