Leeds could take academy star Phillips to Blackburn

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LEEDS United academy product Kalvin Phillips could take a big step towards his first-team debut by featuring in the club’s travelling squad for tomorrow’s game at Blackburn Rovers.

Head coach Neil Redfearn - United’s former academy boss - is considering taking Phillips to Ewood Park on the back of his impressive run of form for Leeds’ Under-21s.

The 18-year-old midfielder caught the eye with two goals in a recent development-squad game against Nottingham Forest and Redfearn said last week that Phillips was “knocking on the door” of senior involvement.

Redfearn took another youngster, Alex Purver, to United’s Championship match at Birmingham City in September, naming Purver in his travelling group before omitting him from the final squad of 18.

Phillips, who signed a two-year professional contract in the summer, might be given the same treatment this weekend as Leeds go looking for their second away win of the season.

“It’s been in my mind,” Redfearn said. “Sometimes it’s good to give the young lads that experience.

“I did it with Alex Purver at Birmingham and It’s good to get them in the squad, round about it all. That’s an option for me.”

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