Leeds United opened their 2017-18 Championship campaign with a 3-2 win away at Bolton Wanderers, thanks largely to the performance of Kalvin Phillips.
The 21-year-old midfielder scored twice at the Macron Stadium as the Whites saw off the challenge of the newly promoted side.
Phillips opened the scoring in the seventh minute when he connected sweetly with a corner that was cut back, sweeping home a shot into the far corner.
Chris Wood added a second before Bolton hit back through Gary Madine.
Phillips then doubled his tally in the match – and as a Leeds player – three minutes before half-time to put the Whites two goals clear.
This time he was on hand to finish a flowing move after Wood pushed the ball into his path to fire into an unguarded net.
Adam Le Fondre scored a 67th-minute penalty, but Bolton could not come back, and new manager Thomas Christiansen was able to celebrate winning on his league debut.
It was a comprehensive all-round performance from Leeds, but Phillips’ effort grabbed the headlines, and fans were quick to salute his impact.
His last goal came last season, against Nottingham Forest, and his first two seasons before that against Cardiff.
A product of the Leeds academy, Phillips captained the club’s development squad, and the Under-18s before making his senior debut in 2014.
Although not favoured by Uwe Rosler and Steve Evans, Garry Monk was an admirer, and it looks as if Christiansen also feels he has a pivotal role to play for him this season.
Leeds fans appear to concur and many of them were quick to sing his praises following the match, taking to Twitter to express their delight at his role in their win.
Meanwhile, other fans highlighted the boots he was wearing to score the goals.
Here is our pick of the tweets from a very happy Leeds fanbase.
— Duncan Allen (@Dr_Allen80) August 7, 2017
6/8/17 Kalvin Phillips brace at Bolton, I was there moment!
— Luke Maloney (@Luke_Maloneyy) August 6, 2017
— Lauryn Hall (@LaurynHall88) August 6, 2017
Slagged off Kalvin Phillips early in the game. Happy to be proved wrong. Hell of a guy he is ðŸ‘Š deserved motm
— Jonathan Price (@JonnyPrice07) August 6, 2017
— Siobhan Gallagher (@sgallag90) August 6, 2017
Before bed I'll just leave you with the fact. Kalvin Phillips is the championships top goal scorer âš½ï¸ âš½ï¸ðŸ˜‚ #Lufc
— RC (@Ryan_Craven) August 6, 2017
Kalvin Phillips. Leeds lad. Playing for the team he loves. MOTM performance. Having the time of his life. What is there not to love? #lufc
— Revie Is The King (@lufcmatchstats) August 6, 2017
— Ryan Jones (@rwjones94) August 6, 2017
Special nod to Kalvin Phillips for wearing old Predators today. Odd to regard a white boot as a classic, but they are by today's standards.
— CK (@ephemeraljoy) August 6, 2017