Leeds 22-year-old fighting to save Elland Road career as Radrizzani pinpoints blame
Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani has left his players in no doubt that some face the chop this summer after his extraordinary rant.
And Kalvin Phillips must be fearing the worst after a string of poor performances has seen him attract sustained criticism from Leeds supporters.
In an interview on talkSPORT, Radrizzani laid into his underperforming players but made particular mention about the players that had been given new long-term contracts.
“We have given them everything possible to just focus on the football,” Radrizzani said.
“As a club we support them in everything – we gave them long-term contracts, we supported them going to a mid-season camp in Spain.
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“We did everything they wanted, but we didn’t get back their commitment, passion and the spirit.
“I don’t want players in my team and representing Leeds United with this behaviour.”
Tough talk from Radrizzani and Phillips must be feeling the pressure.
He was one of the Leeds players who was rewarded with a new long-term contract last season, signing a deal that would keep him at Elland Road until 2021.
Phillips came up from the academy but has been one of the worst culprits this season, which has quickly descended into farce for Leeds.
He’s started 30 Championship games this season, but only four of the last eight and was substituted at half-time in the 3-0 defeat to Middlesbrough.
He played 90 minutes in the following game, but that resulted in another 3-0 defeat to Wolves and he has only played 12 minutes of football in the last two games.
If anyone should be feeling the pressure from the Radrizzani rant, it’s Phillips – and he could be on borrowed time at Elland Road despite his long-term contract.