Kalvin Phillips

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Kalvin Phillips
Kalvin Phillips Leeds United.jpg
Personal information
Full name Kalvin Mark Phillips[1]
Date of birth (1995-12-02) 2 December 1995 (age 23)
Place of birth Leeds, England
Playing position Central midfielder / Centre Back
Club information
Current team
Leeds United
Number 23
Youth career
2003–2010 Wortley Juniors
2010–2014 Leeds United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014– Leeds United 111 (9)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 December 2018 (UTC)

Kalvin Mark Phillips (born 2 December 1995) is an English professional footballer who plays for Leeds United as a central midfielder. He plays mainly as a defensive midfielder but can also play as a centre Back.[2]

Club career[edit]

After progressing through Leeds United's youth ranks, Leeds-born Phillips signed his first professional deal with the club in the summer of 2014, retaining him for the 2014–15 season.[3][4]

2014–15 season[edit]

During the 2014–15 season, Phillips became the captain of the Development Squad and Under 18's team. Phillips joined the first team for the trip to Sunderland in the FA Cup third round on 4 January 2015; he was unused substitute in a 1–0 defeat. On 30 March 2015, Leeds Academy coach Jason Blunt revealed that he felt the form of Phillips for the Under 18's and Development Squad would see Phillips become a future first team fans favourite.[5]

Phillips made further appearances on the bench for the first team in league games over the following months before making his professional debut against Wolverhampton Wanderers in 4–3 defeat on 6 April 2015.[6] Along with Sam Byram, Charlie Taylor, Alex Mowatt and Lewis Cook; Phillips was the latest graduate of a promising group of Academy players to regularly feature under former youth boss Neil Redfearn in the 2014–15 campaign.

On 11 April 2015, Phillips retained his position in the Leeds starting 11, making his home debut against Cardiff City at Elland Road. Phillips marked the game with his first senior goal in only his second appearance, although the match finished in a 2–1 defeat to Cardiff.[7] At the end of the season, he was offered and accepted a new two-year contract.[8][9]

2015–16 season[edit]

On 31 July 2015, Phillips was given the number 27 shirt for the upcoming 2015–16 season.[10] However, with Redfearn replaced as head coach during the summer, Phillips played just 10 league games over the course of the season under head coaches Uwe Rosler and then Steve Evans.

2016–17 season[edit]

In June 2016, only days after the appointment of new head coach Garry Monk, highly rated Phillips was offered a new 3-year contract at Leeds.[11] On 23 June, Phillips signed the new 3-year contract extension to stay at the club until the summer of 2019.[12]

On 27 August 2016, Phillips scored his first goal of the 2016–17 season, with a stunning long range free kick against Nottingham Forest in a 3–1 defeat.[13]

After an injury to captain Liam Bridcutt in September 2016,[14] Phillips alongside Eunan O'Kane or Ronaldo Vieira established himself as an important player at the heart of Leeds' central midfield.

Phillips' impressive form for Leeds saw him win the EFL Championship Young Player Of The Month Award for October 2016.[15] On 9 December 2016, Phillips was given his first professional red card after giving away a penalty in a 2–0 defeat against then league leaders Brighton & Hove Albion by turning away a goal-bound shot with his arm, the penalty was converted by Glenn Murray.[16] On 7 March 2017, Phillips received his 2nd red card of the season in a 1–1 draw against Fulham.[17]

2017–18 season[edit]

On 6 August 2017, the opening day of the 2017–18 Championship season, Phillips scored a brace to ensure Leeds beat Bolton Wanderers 3–2.[18] On 9 September he scored his third goal of the season in the match against Burton Albion.[19] His fifth of the season, came on 27 October 2017 in a 1–2 defeat in the Yorkshire Derby against Sheffield United.

He started the season partnering O'Kane in the heart of Leeds' midfield, however after a good start to the season, Leeds suffered a lack of form prior to the sacking of head coach Thomas Christiansen in February 2018,[20] with Phillips and O'Kane finding little spells in and out the side with Vieira given more opportunities and the arrival of January 2018 signing Adam Forshaw.[21]

He ended the season with 7 goals and 3 assists, which represented his best scoring season of his career so far.[22]

2018–19 season[edit]

On 19 July 2018, Phillips revealed he had been training as a centre back and a deep-lying playmaker ahead of the 2018–19 season, as part of new Head Coach Marcelo Bielsa's tactics.[23] As the season started, he was deployed as the holding midfielder in a 4–1–4–1 formation.[24]

On 22 August, he made his 100th senior appearance for Leeds in a 2–2 draw against Swansea City.[25] Phillips was utilised as a deep lying defensive midfielder for Leeds under Bielsa, Phillps also would play as a centre Back if Leeds' lined up in a 3 man defence.[8] In October 2018, his impressive form in his new position's under Bielsa's management,[26] saw Phillips briefly linked with a possible call up to Gareth Southgate's England national team.[27][28]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 1 January 2019.[29]
Season Club Division League FA Cup League Cup Play-offs Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals A yellow card A red card
2018–19 Leeds United Championship 26 0 0 0 2 0 28 0 5 1
2017–18 Championship 41 7 1 0 1 0 43 7 13 0
2016–17 Championship 33 1 2 0 5 0 40 1 6 2
2015–16 Championship 10 0 0 0 0 0 10 0 1 0
2014–15 Championship 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0
Total 112 9 3 0 8 0 0 0 123 9 25 3




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  2. ^ "Bielsa highlights centre-back options at Leeds United but would welcome one more". Yorkshire Evening Post. 4 August 2018. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  3. ^ "United youngsters sign up". Leeds United F.C. 9 July 2014. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Leeds United: Rising star to commit to Whites". Yorkshire Evening Post. 3 June 2015. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Leeds United: Phillips can become a real fans' favourite". Yorkshire Evening Post. 30 March 2015. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  6. ^ "Wolverhampton Wanderers v Leeds United". BBC Sport. 6 April 2015.
  7. ^ "Leeds United 1 Cardiff City 2: Phillips goal a rare highlight in defeat". Yorkshire Evening Post. 12 April 2015. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Bielsa highlights centre-back options at Leeds United but would welcome one more". Yorkshire Evening Post. 4 August 2018. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  9. ^ "Kalvin Philips: Leeds United midfielder signs new deal". BBC Sport. 5 June 2015. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  10. ^ "2015/16 squad numbers announced". Leeds United F.C. 31 July 2015. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  11. ^ "Leeds United: Phillips commits future to Whites". Leeds United F.C. 17 June 2016. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  12. ^ "Kalvin commits future to United". Leeds United F.C. 23 June 2016. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
  13. ^ "Nottingham Forest 3 Leeds United 1". BBC Sport. 27 August 2016. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  14. ^ "Garry Monk delivers devastating injury update on Leeds star: Could be out for two months". Express. 30 September 2016. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  15. ^ "EFL: Kalvin Phillips named Young Player of the Month". Leeds United F.C. 21 November 2016. Retrieved 21 November 2016.
  16. ^ "Phillips hands Brighton the lead". Sky Sports. 9 December 2016. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  17. ^ "Phillips gets two-match ban from FA after picking up third red card of the season". Yorkshire Evening Post. 8 March 2017. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  18. ^ "Report: Bolton Wanderers 2–3 Leeds United". Leeds United F.C. 6 August 2017. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  19. ^ "Leeds Vs Burton Albion". BBC Sport. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  20. ^ "Leeds dismiss manager Thomas Christiansen after eight months". BBC Sport. 4 February 2018. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  21. ^ Lee Sobot (18 January 2018). "Done Deal: Adam Forshaw joins Leeds United in £4.5m deal from Middlesbrough". Yorkshire Evening Post. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  22. ^ "Leeds United Top Scorers". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2018-05-17.
  23. ^ "Kalvin Phillips on how Marcelo Bielsa has been training him as a centre-back this summer". Leeds Live. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  24. ^ "Leeds United: Midfielder Phillips is lynchpin of the Bielsa revolution". Retrieved 2018-08-22.
  25. ^ "FULL TIME: Swansea City 2 Leeds United 2: Hernandez back to haunt Swans as Whites go top". Retrieved 2018-08-22.
  26. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Arsenal, Everton among 12 Prem sides scouting Leeds ace". Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  27. ^ "Kalvin Phillips for England? Mason Mount's call-up shows the Championship is on Gareth Southgate's radar". Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  28. ^ "Kalvin Phillips on his England dream after Gareth Southgate calls up Mason Mount". Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  29. ^ "Statistics". Soccerbase. Retrieved 6 April 2015.

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