Noel Whelan has heaped praise on Kalvin Phillips after the Leeds United midfielder made his 200th appearance for the club.
The former Whites forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 25-year-old had achieved something “amazing” for his boyhood club and hoped many more appearances would follow.
Phillips made his debut for Leeds in April 2015 – a 4-3 defeat to Wolves in the Championship.
Since then, the holding-midfielder has established himself as one of the first names on the team sheet at Elland Road and he has enjoyed particular success under current United boss Marcelo Bielsa.
However, his 200th appearance for Leeds was cut short after he was forced off with a calf injury 88 minutes into the 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace.
Whelan hailed the importance of Phillips to Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
“A big milestone for Kalvin Phillips last night – 200 appearances for his boyhood club Leeds United,” he told Football Insider.
“I mean wow, that is an amazing achievement for somebody who is still so young.
“He is such an important player for us so hopefully there are many more appearances to come. He has been a great servant for Leeds United.”
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Patrick Bamford also reached a personal milestone on Monday night, with the striker scoring his 100th career goal.
Speaking on Bamford’s and Phillips’ achievements, Bielsa told the BBC: “They are players who shine, who are influential. They are generous and they add to the collective game.”