Leeds midfielder wins EFL young player of the month

Date published: Monday 21st November 2016 9:22

Kalvin Phillips: Midfielder in action earlier this season

Kalvin Phillips has credited Leeds United’s coaching staff after being named the EFL young player of the month for October.

After making his first-team breakthrough last season, Phillips has made 18 appearances this term, impressing in central midfield.

The 20-year-old has been one of a number of impressive performers as Leeds have been somewhat rejuvenated under Garry Monk in recent weeks.

“I’m really pleased. A lot of credit has to go to the coaching staff and the people that have been around me in training, but I’m really pleased,” he said.

“It just goes down to hard work. I come in every day and I just want to play and do my best. I think the gaffer has seen that.

“Playing week in week out in the Championship is great, I never thought I’d really do that after last season. In the first couple of games I was struggling a bit, but the more I play I get better and better so hopefully I play a lot more.”

Leeds broke into the top six following victories over Norwich City, Burton Albion and Wolves, but dropped down to seventh after a defeat to Newcastle on Sunday – analysis of which can be found here.

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