It’s a fine compliment, there’s no arguing about that.
But all it’s doing is ramping up the pressure on the rest of the squad to get promoted this season. And given how results haven’t exactly gone our way in recent weeks up until the Bristol City game, I don’t think extra pressure is what the team needs right now.
After Leeds’ little ‘collapse’ during the months of January and early February, it was nice to see one man, in particular, making a comeback, and that was Kalvin Phillips from his suspension he picked up during the QPR game, and he has made an instant impact since his return.
And that impact hasn’t been lost on former Leeds player Danny Mills. Speaking to Football Insider, Mills was left aghast at his performances and more or less said that the division was beneath him:
“Kalvin Phillips exceptional yet again. Him coming back into the side goes to show how he has been missed. If he was at a Premier League side he would be in the England side. The only fact that he is not is because he is in the Championship. You do not know how good he will be when he makes the step up to the Premier League. He has all the attributes of a player you would want in that position.”
This goes back to what I have been saying for the past few weeks, that there is so much riding in this promotion challenge, that it really is now or potentially never for Leeds United.
We need to be promoted if we are to have any chance of not only bringing players in with the vast sums that comes with being in the Premier League, but also keeping hold of the players we have such as Phillips.
Is Phillips our most important player?
And given how important he is to Leeds United, leading the team in a number of statistical categories, you could make the argument he’s the one player that the club cannot afford to lose in the summer.