Leeds: Fans react to tweet about Phillips’ rise

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A lot of Leeds United fans have flocked to a post about the rise of Kalvin Phillips from White Answers on Twitter.

The tweet claims that before Bielsa arrived at Elland Road, Phillips was valued at £600k, and fans demanded better of him.

Is Phillips Leeds' most improved player?

Yes, he has come on leaps and bounds

Yes, he has come on leaps and bounds

No, others have become better

No, others have become better

However, fast forward to February 2020 and the tweet claims that Phillips is worth £30m, is the Championship’s best defensive midfielder and is about to receive an England call-up.

This tweet has gathered a lot of replies from many Leeds fans who are praising Bielsa for the work he has done with Phillips and others.

What do we think?

In February 2018, the 24-year-old was valued at £4.5m by Transfermarkt, and now he is rated at £9.9m by the same site.

However, there were reports in the summer that the Whites did indeed value Phillips at £30m.

Gareth Southgate watched Phillips during the Whites’ 2-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday, where he earned a 7.12/10 rating from WhoScored. Phillips was then sent off in his next game against QPR.

However, since he has returned from his ban, he has impressed against Brentford, Bristol City and Reading, as per the Yorkshire Evening Post.

So maybe if he keeps this form up, an England cap is not far away.

Leeds fans are right to be happy with Bielsa, though, because he recognised that changing Phillips’ position would get the best out of him, and the Whites are now benefitting from that tactical switch.

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