By Noel Whelan

12th Jan, 2021 | 10:00am

Leeds Exclusive: Pundit slams Kalvin Phillips as worrying details emerge

Noel Whelan has criticised Leeds United star Kalvin Phillips for his role in their 3-0 defeat to Crawley Town on Sunday.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Whites striker and boyhood Elland Road fan insisted the 25-year-old was not the only Leeds player who made a “catalogue of errors” against the League Two outfit.

Phillips played the full 90 minutes at the People’s Pension Stadium in a back three, initially alongside Liam Cooper and Leif Davis who were both substituted at half-time.

The England international was dispossessed a whopping 21 times and won less than half of his duels – seven of 15 – according to sofascore.

“It wasn’t his best performance,” Whelan told Football Insider.

“There were many areas of the field where it wasn’t happening for Leeds and the players and he was one of them. He didn’t have his usual dynamic performance that we expect from Kalvin.

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“There were a few mistakes along the way with his positional sense, giving the ball away, making a mistake that nearly created a chance for Crawley to nearly take the lead in the first half.

“There was a catalogue of errors from a lot of players when it came to simple things like passing four yards, keeping hold of the ball, playing the ball into the right space at the right time with the right weight and it just wasn’t there.

“We looked raggedy at times, we looked all over the place. Quality in the wide areas was lacking all the way through the game.

“I don’t think we created any chances from wide areas and we got into some good areas in the 90 minutes.

“We could still be playing now and we wouldn’t score any goals against them.”

In other news, a top pundit has destroyed a Leeds United player who lost possession 15 times v Crawley after and claimed there is a “real attitude problem”.