'Wow' - Jermaine Beckford names Leeds player who left him 'screaming' vs Chelsea

Former Leeds United striker Jermaine Beckford has admitted that he was blown away by Kalvin Phillips’ assist for Patrick Bamford’s goal against Chelsea on Saturday evening.
Kalvin Phillips. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)Kalvin Phillips. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Kalvin Phillips. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The England midfielder produced a moment of magic to help his side open the scoring at Stamford Bridge, delivering a cutting ball with his weaker left foot from a tight spot on the halfway line.

Bamford then rounded Blues goalkeeper Edouard Mendy with one touch before coolly tucking home his eighth Premier League goal of the season.

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Frank Lampard’s men were eventually able to engineer a comeback, spearheaded by the in-form Olivier Giroud, and came away with all three points in a 3-1 win.

But despite the disappointing result, Beckford was still massively enthused by Phillip’s creative contribution.

Speaking on the Doing a Leeds podcast, he said: “What a pass. The finish was great – Pat’s first touch around the goalkeeper was brilliant, obviously under pressure as well. Lovely second touch, which was the finish, great goal.

"But Kalvin Phillips’ pass, that pass – oh my goodness! The weight of distribution, the direction of pass, the angle of his body shape when he actually did it – it was right on the left touchline by the halfway line as well – wow!

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"I saw it, and I was screaming at the screen, ‘Outside of the right foot, outside of the right foot’, and he didn’t, he used the inside of his left foot. I didn’t realise his left foot was as good as that.

"That was genuinely inch perfect, and it just sums up the confidence that he’s playing with, and that Pat’s playing with at the moment as well. These boys are almost playing telepathically. They understand what each want and when they want it.

"It was just beautiful. It was a thing of beauty.”

Phillips’ assist in the capital was his first since the opening day of the top flight season back in mid-September.

The 24-year-old produced a similarly eye-catching pass against Liverpool that evening, finding Jack Harrison with a diagonal ball from deep that allowed the winger to cut inside and finish for the Whites’ first Premier League goal since 2004.