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.

 

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