'Risk watch' - Exclusive: Darren Bent tips Bielsa to issue warning to 'Brilliant' Leeds player
Darren Bent suggests Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa will be talking to midfield star Kalvin Phillips over his rashness after his performance against Nottingham Forest.
The former Aston Villa and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, says that the 23-year-old has a brilliant tenacity and desire to succeed in the middle of the park but that he is at risk of overstepping the mark.
The midfielder was booked for a late tackle on Forest’s Tiago Silva on Saturday, with a number of fans and pundits suggesting the Leeds man was lucky to escape a sending off.
While Bent insists Bielsa will not want Phillips to lose that competitive edge, he has tipped the Argentine boss to warn him and ensure he does not put himself at risk of suspension through yellow and red cards.
“That aggression is brilliant in a footballer,” Bent told Football Insider.
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“That passion to win the ball is brilliant but it needs to be controlled because what you don’t want is one of your best players on risk watch. Ultimately you need him.
“Ultimately if Bielsa can sit down with him and say: ‘I love that, I never want to take that out your game but just be careful, we can’t afford to keep losing you and be a little bit careful and cautious.'”
Phillips, who has established himself as a mainstay for Bielsa, also found himself in hot water against Forest last season, seeing red for a dangerous tackle on Adlene Guediora and missing three games as a result.
He picked up a total of nine yellow cards across all competitions, although avoided any suspensions for those.