By Kevin Phillips

10th Oct, 2021 | 3:00pm

Phillips in awe of Bielsa after 'big' Leeds reveal from Smyth

Kevin Phillips is delighted to hear Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa was in attendance as England Under-20s took on Italy.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Sunderland and England striker said the 66-year-old’s presence would have been “a big boost” for the three Leeds players who started the game.

As reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post’s Graham Smyth, Bielsa was at Chesterfield to watch Lewis Bate, Sam Greenwood and Cody Drameh take on Italy.

The Whites trio were all named in the starting XI for the young Lions on Thursday as they drew 1-1 with the Azzuri.

Bate scored England’s only goal before being forced off through injury in the second half as Bielsa watched on.

When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs how Bielsa’s presence would have likely effected the Whites trio, Phillips said:

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“It’s a big, big boost for a young player when a manager comes and watches. It would have done the three of them the world of good.

“I love hearing when managers make time to go and watch the younger players. Bielsa is showing a real interest in those players by watching them away from the club.

“It is great for a player to know your gaffer is there. They will feel a great sense of worth knowing that their first team manager is casting his eye over them. It will keep them on the ball.”

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