The versatility of Leeds United jack-of-all-trades Kalvin Philips cannot be overstated – it’s a huge benefit to the team.
That is the view of ex-Leeds favourite Michael Brown, speaking to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs in the aftermath of United’s 1-0 over Burnley on Monday evening.
In a rare variation from his favoured 4-1-4-1, manager Marcelo Bielsa opted for a back three, with natural midfielder Kalvin Philips at the heart.
Beren Cross of Leeds Live made Philips his MOTM, saying of his performance: “Made so many blocks and connected with so many flick-ons to avert danger when it came on.”
Michael Brown too raved about Phillips’ display, citing the four-time England man’s versatility and the speed with which he has adapted to the Premier League since Leeds’ promotion.
He told Football Insider: “What’s amazing with Philips is how he can just switch. I’ve seen him in a back thee going through the Championship, going into the Premier League.
“In back three on the right-hand side. In the centre as a holding player. Left and right, he’s been an advanced player in midfield.
“For him to be able to do that is quite incredible. The stats they’ve shown on Sky regarding Leeds being 1st, 2nd in certain attacking terms, it’s quite astounding really.”
Philips made his name as a metronomic player at the base of midfield, with fans making tongue-in-cheek comparisons made with Andrea Pirlo.
Those comparisons are getting less far-fetched every game, with Garth Crooks recently suggesting that he could be a long-term replacement for Jordan Henderson at Liverpool.