By Russell Edge
Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips has revealed that manager Thomas Christiansen told him to lose some weight at the start of the season in order to become a better player.
The 21-year-old, who is a graduate of the youth system at Elland Road, became a regular in the Whites’ line up last season, with 33 league appearances in the middle of the park.
Despite a change of manager from Garry Monk to Danish boss Christiansen, the current campaign has seen the youngster continue to be a near-permanent fixture for Leeds, missing just one of the club’s 16 league games as a result of suspension, having started each of the others.
However, Phillips revealed that the new boss has taken an intense approach to detail to try and help secure success at Elland Road, with the midfield enforcer being told he needed to cut down his body fat to become a better player.
Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, who stated that Leeds had hired a new specialist chef to address the issue, Phillips said: “Recovery in this league it’s really important and food is one thing to help you recover well.
“I’ve got quite a bit of body fat. He (Christiansen) tried to make me slim down so I could be quicker and a little bit sharper.
“It’s hard because you love a chocolate cake after Sunday dinner but you’ve got to nip these things in the bud.
“By cutting down on certain things I’ve felt the benefit. You can see that in my performances.”
So far this season the midfielder has managed to net five times and chip in with an assist, a huge improvement on his return in recent campaigns, which saw him score just twice in 45 outings.
He will be hoping to get one over former boss Monk on Sunday, when he brings his Middlesbrough side to Elland Road, with the Whites having tasted defeat in seven of their last nine league matches.
In other Leeds United news, a journalist has revealed why the club missed out on snapping up a top prospect over summer.