He’s magic you know, Kalvin Phillips is the Yorkshire Pirlo. The Leeds-born defensive midfielder has been reborn under Marcelo Bielsa and has even been watched by England boss Gareth Southgate. He’s special, the fans know that.

That intangible special quality about him has risen to prominence over the last two Sky Bet Championship games, games where he has marshalled the Whites into nullifying Brentford’s attacking front three and helping dominate Bristol City this afternoon.

These two games represent a brace of outings for Phillips since his return from a three-game ban after his recent red card saw him miss games against Millwall, Wigan Athletic and Nottingham Forest. In both the Brentford draw and today’s defeat of the robins, Kalvin Phillips’ contribution has been immense bordering on imperious.

The upscale that Philips’ performances have gone through is amazing, it really is. Since being dropped back into the Makele #6 role as a deep-lying midfield enforcer, Phillips has come on in leaps and bounds from what he was like pre-Bielsa.

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Such is the level of improvement that many think it is this season or bust for the Whites if they have any chance of keeping hold of the Wortley lad – promotion to the Premier League being the key to that. That’s something that The Athletic’s Phil Hay alluded to in the following tweet:

There’s no way on Earth that a tweet such as the above is going to go unnoticed amongst the Leeds United supporter base. It didn’t; here are some of the replies from Leeds United fans on Hay’s tweet.

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Leeds United fans comment after Hay tweet on Philips future

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My usually loud cynicism has turned to quiet optimism with the arrival of Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds United. I'm a father to three loud children; two fully-grown and one eight-year-old who thinks he is. My main job is in teaching but I find it cathartic to write about football when the opportunity arises. I mostly write about Leeds United but turn my hand to other clubs.