'I never used to listen' - Kalvin Phillips takes swipe at Steve Evans for Leeds decision
By Danny Wright
Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips has taken a swipe at former boss Steve Evans for deciding not utilise him enough in the first-team during his time in charge.
Phillips, 21, has emerged as one of the most impressive players this season under the leadership of Thomas Christiansen and is regularly holding down a first-team spot next to Eunan O’Kane in the heart of the midfield.
Garry Monk started to use Phillips more often last term as they just missed out on securing a spot in the Championship play-offs, but the midfielder also believes that he should have been playing much more regularly the year before when Evans was was the helm.
“There is always people saying you can’t do this and you can’t do that but I never used to listen really anyway,” said Phillips to LUTV. “I used to always think what is best for me
“I would say the year – not like I’ve got anything against Steve Evans – but the year Steve Evans was here I believe I could have been playing and he obviously thought differently.”
Phillips has started all 11 Championship fixtures this season, scoring four goals in the process which included a brace against Bolton on the opening day.
What makes that tally more impressive is that he had only scored twice in 52 matches prior to this term.
Evans, now in charge of Mansfield, found it hard to win over the Elland Road faithful during his one season with the club, and it appears that he also found it hard to earn the respect of Phillips, who didn’t make a single start in the Championship after Evans took control that term.
Before Uwe Rosler was sacked in October 2015, Phillips had made three starts and was featuring regularly on the bench.
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