This might come across as me sounding a bit like a cynical old man well beyond my years.
However, I’m just not willing to buy all the sympathy that’s come as a result of something that could really cost Leeds United going forward in the next couple of weeks.
Leeds United lost to Queens Park Rangers on the weekend, but what really put the icing on the cake of a dreadful day in West London came less than five minutes from the end, as Kalvin Phillips was sent off for a horrendous tackle on Geoff Cameron.
Phillips has since come out and apologised for the incident, saying that “it wasn’t intentional but I timed the tackle badly”, and his apology has received a tidal wave of support from the Leeds United fan base.
He’s apologised for it, and that’s fine, but I’m simply not buying the love in that’s come in for him afterwards.
The challenge was reckless, it was dangerous and it was totally unnecessary. And worst of all, not only did it take away any last scrap of Leeds being able to get back into the game, but now we find ourselves in a situation where we are going to be without a man who is so crucial to the way that the team sets up for the next three games.
He not only let himself down in the incident, but he’s let his teammates down as well, because they are going to be forced to try and stop the rot without him. With the club having gone through a rather awful spell from mid-December until now, the club needs everyone at their best and available if they are to get themselves out of this rut with some tough fixtures to come.
Now we have to do that without one of our key players, he should know better than to go diving in like that when we’re going through a pretty rough patch at the moment in terms of our top two hopes.
Will we cope without Phillips?
At least this three game suspension will give him the perfect opportunity to sit down and think about his actions, because if it comes back to haunt us, then he’s really going to have to double his efforts when he comes back to steady the ship once again.