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Bielsa issues fresh demand to Kalvin Phillips to ensure Leeds star’s next step

Marcelo Bielsa has told Kalvin Phillips to move more if he wants to continue to be upwardly mobile.

Phillips’ career has taken off this season and he is starring in Leeds’ return to the top flight.

He has also established himself in Gareth Southgate’s England squad ahead of the Euros.

The midfielder produced his best performance in last Saturday’s win at Everton and has been in fine form since returning from a shoulder injury.

But Bielsa insists he can improve further.

And the Argentine says he would be more effective with his passing if he received the ball on the move.

Phillips was magnificent at Goodison Park

“Kalvin has the capacity to play the ball very effectively,” said the Leeds head coach.

“In order to obtain the ball to distribute it, there are two ways of doing this.

“One is to recover the ball and after recovering it, manage to play it. The second is to be able to move into positions, where he can receive the ball and be able to distribute it.

“And the more he moves to become free, the more he will be able to shine.”

Bielsa wants Phillips to be on the move always because that makes it harder for opponents to stop him.

Phillips also shone against Arsenal in his first game back after injury and Bielsa is unsure if his lay-off has benefited him.

“I can’t tell you with certainty whether his two performances since coming back were linked to the fact he was out for a month,” he said. “But he is doing well.”

Phillips was 25 on Wednesday and the triplet went on social media to wish happy birthday to his two sisters, one of whom died as a child.

He posted a photo of the three of them together as babies and wrote: “Happy birthday to my two beautiful sisters.

“One that is always beside me and one that is always looking over me.”

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