Kalvin Phillips highlights the difference in this season's Leeds United promotion charge

The Whites continue their battle for promotion this weekend against Blackburn Rovers

By Joe Urquhart
Friday, 3rd July 2020, 4:50 pm
Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips. Picture: Simon Hulme
Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips. Picture: Simon Hulme

Kalvin Phillips says he has full belief in Leeds United's ability to get over the line this season in the Championship promotion race.

The Whites have given themselves a platform for a return to the Premier League for a second straight campaign after Marcelo Bielsa's men missed out in agonising fashion last term.

United dropped out of the top two late in the season last year and suffered heartbreak in the play-offs at the hands of Derby County.

Leeds, though, are in pole position this time around to end a 16-year absence from the top flight and boast a six point advantage over third-placed Brentford with just six games to go.

Bielsa's men head to Blackburn Rovers this weekend as they look to continue their push for promotion, and Phillips has full trust in his teammates to get over the line this time around.

"I believe so," Phillips said about being a Premier League side next season.

"With what's going on it's been hard to try and shift focus off football then back into football.

"Everyone knows we want to be back in the Premier League and we don't want to take what we have for granted.

"The pressure was really building last season, a lot of people were talking and saying we weren't going to get promoted.

"This season we're such a close group, we're confident in ourselves, we think we can definitely pick up points."

United have won, drawn and lost in their opening three outings following the Championship restart nearly two weeks ago.

A trip to Ewood Park awaits on Saturday afternoon following a disappointing midweek draw with Luton Town at Elland Road.

"On Tuesday we weren't playing our best free flowing football," Phillips continued, "but the chances were there to win the game, we missed a couple.

"If that Luton result was swapped with the Fulham game, there wouldn't be so much panic. The lads are confident.

"If we keep working hard we're more than capable of getting a result against Blackburn."