Leeds United's Barry Douglas makes Kalvin Phillips claim, names Wolves player alongside him

High praise from Barry Douglas for one of his team-mates

By Joe Urquhart
Sunday, 29th March 2020, 5:00 pm
Leeds United's Barry Douglas (R) and Kalvin Phillips (L). (Image: Bruce Rollinson)
Leeds United's Barry Douglas (R) and Kalvin Phillips (L). (Image: Bruce Rollinson)

Barry Douglas has revealed that Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips is one of the best players he has ever played alongside.

The 30-year-old Scot started his career with Glasgow-based side Queen's Park before moving to Dundee United.

His exploits have also taken him to Europe with Polish outfit Lech Poznan and Turkish Super Lig club Konyaspor.

Douglas then spent a season with Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Championship before making the switch to Elland Road in 2018, penning a three-year deal in West Yorkshire.

His move to LS11 coincided with the arrival of Marcelo Bielsa at the club.

Douglas, though, says that despite the vast amount of players he has come across in his well travelled career just two men have been the most impressive.

“As a defensive midfielder and an array of passing Kalvin Phillips is probably the best I’ve played with," Douglas told the club's official website.

"Similarly Reuben Neves, with his vision and passing, both can make passes look so simple that others can’t play.”

Asked about the toughest opponent he has faced, he added: "Individually, Ricardo Quaresma.

"He was a nightmare. Both feet, inside, outside, it didn’t matter what you did, it was near impossible to mark him."

The Scot had built up a reputation for scoring memorable free-kicks throughout his career before his move to the Whites.

Douglas is yet to find the back of the net for Leeds, but does say that one of his favourite strikes came against the team he now calls home.

“There have been a few, but the best one technically was when I was younger for my school," he continued.

"I’d seen a goal on TV where the player flicked the ball over the wall for the other player to do an overhead kick, so I wanted to try it.

"It just so happens this one time we tried it, it came off. That was definitely the best one.

"One of my most proudest was actually when I scored against Leeds because my grandad was there, he’s 84 and travelled down to see me play and it just happened he was at the game and it’s a moment I’ll be able to cherish forever."