Kalvin Mark Phillips (born 2 December 1995) is a footballer who plays for Leeds United as a central midfielder. He was signed on as a youth scholar and later signed his professional contract.
After progressing through Leeds United's youth ranks, Leeds-born Phillips signed his first professional deal with the club in the summer of 2014, retaining him for the 2014–15 season. During the 2014–15 season, Phillips became the captain of the Development Squad and Under 18's team. Phillips joined the first team for the trip to Sunderland in the FA Cup third round on 4 January 2015; he was unused substitute in a 1–0 defeat. On 30 March 2015, Leeds Academy coach Jason Blunt revealed that he felt the form of Phillips for the Under 18's and Development Squad would see Phillips become a future first team fans favourite.
Phillips made further appearances on the bench for the first team in league games over the following months before making his professional debut against Wolverhampton Wanderers in 4–3 defeat on 6 April 2015. Along with Sam Byram, Charlie Taylor, Alex Mowatt and Lewis Cook; Phillips was the latest graduate of a promising group of Academy players to regularly feature under former youth boss Neil Redfearn in the 2014–15 campaign.
On 11 April 2015, Phillips retained his position in the Leeds starting 11, making his home debut against Cardiff City at Elland Road. Phillips marked the game with his first senior goal in only his second appearance, although the match finished in a 2–1 defeat to Cardiff.
On 13 May 2015, after breaking through into the first team under Neil Redfearn, Phillips was offered a new contract at Leeds. On 5 June, Leeds confirmed Phillips had signed a new two-year contract at the club. On 31 July 2015, Phillips was given the number 27 shirt for the upcoming 2015–16 season.
After playing just 10 league games under Head Coaches Uwe Rosler and then Steve Evans during the 2015–16 season, in June 2016, only days after the appointment of new Head Coach Garry Monk, highly rated Phillips was offered a new 3-year contract at Leeds. On 23 June, Phillips signed the new 3-year contract extension to stay at the club until the summer of 2019.
On 27 August 2016, Phillips scored his first goal of the 2016/17 season, with a stunning long range free kick against Nottingham Forest in a 3–1 defeat.
After an injury to Captain Liam Bridcutt in September 2016, Phillips alongside Eunan O'Kane or Ronaldo Vieira established himself as an important player at the heart of Leeds' Centre Midfield.
On 21 November 2016, Phillips' impressive form for Leeds saw him named the EFL Championship Young Player Of The Month Award for October. On 9 December 2016, Phillips was given his first professional red card after giving away a penalty in a 2–0 defeat against then league leaders Brighton & Hove Albion by turning away a goal-bound shot with his arm, the penalty was converted by Glenn Murray. On 7 March 2017, Phillips received his 2nd red card of the season in a 1–1 draw against Fulham.
On 6 August 2017, the opening day of the 2017/18 Sky Bet Championship season, Phillips scored a brace to ensure Leeds beat Bolton Wanderers 3–2. On 9 September he scored his 3rd goal of the season in the match against Burton Albion.
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