Kalvin Phillips has called Eberechi Eze "one of the best" he has faced ahead of Leeds United trip to Queens Park Rangers this weekend.
The 21-year-old Rs product is one of the Championship's brightest talents having burst through the Loftus Road academy set-up two seasons ago.
Eze has bagged 10 goals and six assists in 27 league appearances this term, and has been one of Mark Warburton's key players this season.
The young playmaker was the visitors dangerman in the return fixture at Elland Road in early November, with Leeds running out 2-0 winners in LS11.
United, though, are preparing for another tough task on Saturday afternoon with Phillips under no illusions of the task he will face.
“Eze is one of the best I’ve played against,” Phillips admitted.
"It is the way he moves the ball and his body, it's very difficult to keep up to that. I like tackling, but when you can't get near somebody you can't do that.
"We'll look to try and make it very difficult for him and the QPR team. We'll look to press them and hopefully take a few chances.
He added: "Every time I play against him I do think that I can't be bothered with him cause I just don't need it!
"You know when a player is good enough to surprise you. You just have to try and outmatch them."
Asked abut his trickiest opponent this season, he said: "One of my toughest games was against Charlton. Jonny Williams I think it was. He was very, very tough to play against."