After 12 years away from top-flight English football Leeds United fans are seriously hoping to get Champions League football and United midfielder Kalvin Phillips is also hopeful.
“I went to Elland Road for the first time when I was nine years old. I was sat in the top tier and the atmosphere was mad. I just remember thinking ‘imagine of I was out there.’ Making my home debut was a really special day for me and my family, and to score a goal is something that’ll always be in my heart.
“When I walked out for the game, I thought it was mental. It would be a dream come true for me to be in the Premier League with this team,” Phillips disclosed to BBC Sport.
He added that he remembered that Leeds were in the Premier League when he was younger and that he saw firsthand what the feeling was like to the fans. He said it “would be fantastic” if the team culd really make the Premier League after all the years.
Phillips is amongst the club’s academy products that have established their spots in the team. Twenty One year old Lewie Coyle and Charlie Taylor, 23, are full backs that are featuring in the first team. Both players start alongside midfielders Ronaldo Viera, 18, and Alex Mowatt, 21. Phillips revealed that he hopes that the chances they enjoy would allow for more young players at the club.
“It’s good to play with them and I’ve got a lot of trust in them because we grew up together. It’s a bit weird because a lot of teams are more experienced than us but we’ve got no fear We just play out football. Hopefully we can bring more young players through,” Phllips added.