‘What a player!’ – Leeds star Kalvin Phillips hailed by Danny Murphy for nullifying Tottenham striker Harry Kane – despite not being a centre-back

Kalvin Phillips didn’t seem best pleased with his role at centre-back during Leeds’ 2-1 defeat to Tottenham, but perhaps Marcelo Bielsa was onto something.

The England midfielder, playing out of position, managed to keep one of the world’s best strikers quiet and was unlucky to end up on the losing side.

Phillips delivered a defensive masterclass despite not being a defender
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Having turned heads at Euro 2020, playing every match for the Three Lions, Phillips continues to amaze, despite the Whites’ struggles on the pitch.

And former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy was left stunned by his performance in defence.

“I’ve got to give Phillips a mention,” Murphy told talkSPORT.

“I know he wasn’t best pleased about playing at the back but what about how good he was at centre-half, marking Kane? What about how clever he was, knowing when to step in front and when to step off?

Phillips knew exactly how to handle Kane
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“What about how comfortable he was in possession? What a player!”

It’s not the first time Phillips has played at the back under Marcelo Bielsa.

The Argentine was the one who converted the 25-year-old into a more defensive midfielder upon his arrival at Elland Road.

Nonetheless, Phillips was still left rather bemused by Bielsa’s decision to use him in defence on Sunday.

He told Sky Sports: “To be honest, I don’t know why he did it.”

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