By Will Butcher

Kalvin Phillips believes Leeds’ squad is capable of a top-six finish and challenging in the play-offs after their campaign was given lift-off by Saturday’s win over Sheffield Wednesday.

The 20-year-old has been a prominent figure of the Leeds side this term, starring in Leeds’ dramatic EFL Cup penalty-shootout win against Fleetwood Town, as well as playing a pivotal role in Leeds last-gasp draw against Fulham.

Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Phillips claimed that the Whites have the quality to challenge with the Championship big boys this season as Monk aims to return the Yorkshire giants to the Premier League after a 12-year absence.

He also explained how the team was transformed by the weekend win at Hillsborough.

“The potential here is good and we should be challenging for a top-six spot,” Phillips told the Yorkshire Evening Post. “This is what we’ll need to do all the way through the season – fight for those points. I think we can do it.

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“The result (at Hillsborough) was well needed but it was a great performance. The lads dug deep and after the draw we got at home to Fulham, you could see the confidence running through the side.”

Phillips has been involved in four of Leeds opening five games, giving the Whites a boost after missing the opening day 3-0 loss to QPR.

The Whites’ number 23, who was born and bred in Leeds, has made 16 appearances in total for Monk’s side after signing a new three-year deal last month.

The midfielder still has his work cut out to make a first-team position his own though, with new signing Liam Bridcutt, teenager Ronaldo Vieira and left-footer Alex Mowatt all considered ahead of him at Elland Road.

Phillips is expected to feature against Luton Town on Tuesday night in the second round of the EFL Cup.

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