Danny Mills claims that Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips is “walking a tightrope” with his aggression in the middle of the park but that it is nothing for Marcelo Bielsa to be concerned about.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds and England defender says that the 23-year-old is a player who operates on the edge of the law and that he will occasionally overstep the mark.
The midfield star came under criticism for a rash challenge on Nottingham Forest’s Tiago Silva last weekend, with many suggesting he should have been sent off rather than picking up a yellow card.
Mills says that Phillips’ aggression is part of what makes him such a talented individual and that there is nothing to worry about if he is not going too far on a regular basis.
“It’s a very fine line, isn’t it?” Mills told Football Insider.
“Players like that play on the edge and are good because they play on the edge. Think of Wayne Rooney at his very best, Diego Costa similar sort, Alan Smith. I’m not trying to compare players, just those who play on the edge. You want them walking a tightrope.
“You want them right up to their line and occasionally they will stick their toe or their nose over it. You have to accept that from time to time, they will go a touch too far. So long as he’s not doing it week after week, there’s nothing to worry about.”
While he might have escaped a red against Forest, Phillips was sent off for a poor tackle on Adlene Guediora against the City Ground outfit last season.