Danny Mills has hailed Kalvin Phillips’ “calming influence” on Leeds United after Marcelo Bielsa revealed he will probably return to the side against Arsenal on Sunday.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former Leeds and England full-back claimed it is a “massive boost” for the Argentine to have Phillips available.
Bielsa said on Friday, as reported by LeedsLive: “It’s probable [that Phillips will start against Arsenal]. I can’t guarantee it, but it’s probable.”
The 24-year-old has missed the Whites’ last three Premier League games with a shoulder injury he picked up against Wolves.
Leeds beat high-fliers Aston Villa 3-0 in their first game without him but were then beaten 4-1 by Leicester City and Crystal Palace.
Asked by Football Insider whether the England international can help stop the Yorkshire giants leaking goals, Mills said: “It’s a massive boost to have a player of his quality back in the squad and back in the side. It’s superb.
“If you look at the other side of it, Arsenal, Thomas Partey is out for them and he’ll be a massive miss, we all know how important that position is now, that holding midfield position.
“The calming influence that Kalvin has on the rest of the team is big as well. Him coming back is a huge boost.”
Phillips was an ever present in the league before his shoulder injury and his impressive form earned him his first England call up at the beginning of the season.
In Leeds’ last campaign, the midfielder started 37 of their 46 Championship games as they secured the title and a return to the top flight.