'Oh my God, yes' - Pundit responds when asked if Leeds player can shine in the PL


Noel Whelan is convinced Kalvin Phillips can be a Premier League star – either at Leeds United or another club if they miss out on promotion.

The central midfielder has been transformed into a midfield anchorman who can also fill in at centre-back by Marcelo Bielsa and responded with comfortably the best season of his career.

The Leeds-supporting academy product was named in the Championship team of the season last week and will be a key player for the club in what is likely to be a nervy promotion run-in.

Asked if Phillips has the qualities to shine in the English top flight, ex-Elland Road striker Whelan exclusively told Football Insider: “Oh my God, yes. Hopefully, that will be at Leeds. I hate to envisage the alternative, because I don’t want another club to sign him if we don’t get promoted.

“That lad can definitely go on to big things – England caps, hundreds of Premier League appearances, there’s no doubt about that.

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“He has been superb and so consistent this season. He’s the sort of player worth his weight in gold – aggressive, disciplined, with a wide range of passing.”

Phillips, 23, has a contract at Leeds that runs until the summer of 2021 after signing a new deal when Andrea Radrizzani took over as owner two years ago.

He has made 40 appearances for the Whites this season, including 38 league starts, two-thirds of which have been in defensive midfield and the other third at centre-back.

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