Midfielder has lots to learn: Three things we learned about Leeds in defeat against Brighton
By Will Butcher
Football Insider analyses three talking points from Leeds’ 2-0 loss to Championship rivals Brighton at the Amex Stadium on Friday night.
Promising Phillips still has a lot to learn
After winning the EFL’s Young Player of the Month award for October, it is obvious that Leeds’ academy graduate Kalvin Phillips has a huge amount of promise. However, it is also obvious to see that the 21-year-old midfielder’s decision making at times is still raw. His decision to handle on the line for Brighton’s opener was a poor decision, as he clawed the ball out with his upper arm. If he had attempted to clear the ball with his foot and missed, Leeds would have remained with 11 men on the field and a chance to secure a point against Brighton. Now three matches on the sidelines with Eunan O’Kane and Liam Bridcutt injured, Phillips has left Garry Monk in a difficult position.
Jansson is human
Despite starring for Leeds in recent games, Jansson was disappointing on Friday night at the back alongside Kyle Bartley. The combination of in-form attacking duo Sam Baldock and Glenn Murray connected well for Chris Hughton’s Seagulls. The numerical advantage took its toll on Jansson, who was caught out of position and cleared his lines with a number of weak clearances. One to forget for Jansson.
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No plan B
Following the red card to Phillips, Monk struggled to provide his side with any kind of game plan as Brighton dominated possession for the majority of the game. Two banks of four with Chris Wood left isolated as Leeds’ only attacker unsurprisingly failed to test David Stockdale in the Brighton goal. Former Swansea boss Monk must now learn from the loss to Brighton, and prepare his side to look more dangerous if they lose a player in the future to a red card.
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