By Richard Parks

Leeds United fans have taken to Twitter to call for manager Paul Heckingbottom to axe Kalvin Phillips for Saturday’s Championship clash at Reading.

The central midfielder has been a mainstay of United’s team this season, starting 30 of their 36 league fixtures and regularly earning favour ahead of Ronaldo Vieira, Eunan O’Kane and Vurnon Anita.

But United supporters on social media have had enough of what they are claiming is the mediocrity of the 22-year-old, who has risen through the ranks of the club to establish himself in the first team.

Phillips has made 87 appearances in total for Leeds, but a section of the fanbase believe he now must be dropped from the starting XI, beginning with Saturday’s trip to Reading.

Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:

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United have dropped to 13th in the Championship and a wretched run of one win in 13 matches has left their play-off hopes in tatters.

Reading, who reached the play-off final last season only to be defeated on penalties, are 18th in the division and fighting to avoid relegation to League One.

In other Leeds United news, it can be revealed that the club have launched a bid to sign a Premier League centre-forward in the form of his life.

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