By Kevin Phillips

18th Jan, 2020 | 4:00pm

Exclusive: Kevin Phillips makes huge claim about Leeds player who started today

Kevin Phillips has claimed Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips is the “best midfielder in the country”.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Russell Edge, the ex-England, Sunderland and West Brom striker drooled over the 24-year-old.

Phillips started for Leeds today in their 1-0 Championship defeat against QPR but did not finish the game as he was sent off after 88 minutes for a reckless late challenge on Geoff Cameron.

The 24-year-old has been instrumental in Leeds’ promotion charge this season and was watched by England manager Gareth Southgate last weekend in a clear hint he is being considered for a first national team call-up.

“I think he’s one of the best, if not the best midfielder in the country,”
Phillips told Football Insider.

“I’m sure he’ll be playing in the Premier League next season with or without Leeds.

“Leeds supporters won’t be thanking me for it but unfortunately they know, they’re not silly.

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“The player himself, he’ll want to play at the highest level and if they don’t go up, you’re right, he could potentially be playing Premier League (football), he’s good enough for the Premier League.”

The United academy product has started 27 of his club’s 28 league matches this season, missing out only once when he was serving a one-match suspension.

He is now facing a three-match ban in what would be a major blow for Marcelo Bielsa’s side, whose lead over third-placed Fulham has now been narrowed to four points.

In other Leeds United news, it can be REVEALED that the club are holding talks with a young centre-forward as offer readied.