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In exclusive remarks to FootballFanCast, Steve Howey has delivered his verdict on Kalvin Phillips injury for Leeds United.
The English international was forced to retire in Marcelo Bielsa’s 2-0 win over Crystal Palace last time in the Premier League, and the midfielder initially appeared to suffer from a calf problem.
And, ahead of the Whites’ clash against Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon, Bielsa confirmed in his pregame press conference that Phillips is a question for the game, but a decision has yet to be made.
When asked how big Phillips’ absence would be for Bielsa, the former Newcastle defender Howey admitted: “Huge. Again, this is probably the third time we’ve said it’s another chance for someone else to come in and take their chance.
“With him, I’ve seen him make his debut and I thought ‘decent, but why all the fuss?’ But I hadn’t really watched him, so I was undecided. I hear people say how good he is and I got a chance to see him at Everton against Leeds.
“It was absolutely magnificent. Gareth Southgate was there and I talked to him before the game, and I saw him at another game and said afterwards ‘Wow, that was good. I can totally understand where you come from for putting him on the England team.’ He said, ‘He was good, wasn’t he? He ran the show.’ He was absolutely brilliant and he’s a very, very impressive young man. “
Phillips has always been present for Bielsa on Leeds’s return to the Premier League, missing only four games in the top flight, and even that was due to injury.
He makes the whites tick in the engine room, and his ability to be an anchor on defense, and still having the quality to advance his passing range means he is the type of player Leeds will always struggle to replace.
He stands out in regards to his influence on this side of Leeds, classification first by tackles made (2.7 per game), fourth by interceptions (1.6), fourth by key passes (1.3) and up by crosses (1.2) – a player who gets as involved as Phillips makes it that much harder for his manager to attempt replace it.
the Valued at £ 18 million Without a doubt, the star would be a major foul for Bielsa if he were ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Gunners.
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