Kalvin Phillips has responded to a furious Leeds United fan after being told to snap a teammate’s legs in training following the 1-1 draw at Preston.
Leeds continuously drop points due to the poor finishing of Patrick Bamford, costing them to drop from the top of the Championship table.
Fans have been demanding that manager Marcelo Bielsa swaps Bamford for Arsenal loanee Eddie Nketiah, who scored on Tuesday, as he gets interest from Bristol City with the player starting to lose patience at the lack of game time at Elland Road.
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Kalvin Phillips posted on social media: “Good point on the road! EDDIE EDDIE EDDIE!”
But one ‘supporter’ hit back: “Is he ever going to start? Snap Bamford in training @kalvinphillips”
Before Phillips then replied: “@waiguo17 why would I do that you egg!”
Nketiah’s mentor Ian Wright demanded that Bielsa played by saying ‘Start him!!!’ on Twitter, but Bielsa insists he will will have to bide his time given the options he has at his disposal.
Bielsa hit back: “When you have more than one option for the team, it’s never a problem. It’s two solutions for one problem. I try to manage this.
“When you manage this, this fact had some difficulties the supporters cannot see. It’s natural people argue with my decision because they don’t have all the reasons I have.
“Bamford is a great player and Eddie Nketiah is a great player as well. I am forced to make both of them a success this year because if not I am not going to take advantage. ‘If one has success I will not be able to take advantage of the other one. This process lasts nine months and we have 46 matches or 50 matches.
“We are in 25 per cent of the competition. We have time in the future so I can find a way both of them will shine. ‘If this doesn’t happen it’s not going to be a mistake of mine. In the last press conference I said if Nketiah is not a success here it’s my fault. It’s the same with Patrick. ‘I am trying to make this work.'”
Leeds’ next trip following the statement was and away game to Sheffield Wednesday, Bamford started, make himself look a complete fool with a theatrical dive to the ground and again failed to score.
NKetiah replaced Bamford after 46 minutes but the fixture remained goalless, leaving Leeds 3rd and Sheffield Wednesday 4th in the Championship table.
Fans took to give their reaction on Kalvin Phillips slamming the fan for wanting him to ‘snap Bamford’s legs’ in training – see how the replies played out on the next page.