The England midfielder has moved to east London on loan from Manchester City for the rest of the season after struggling for game time under Pep Guardiola.
The 28-year-old has been thrown straight into the starting XI by David Moyes at the London Stadium against Bournemouth in the Premier League, with the Scot showing his faith in the former Leeds United man.
However, that faith took an early shaking as Phillips misplaced a pass and allowed Dominic Solanke to tap home into an empty net to put the Cherries ahead.
Kurt Zouma played the ball to Phillips, who was under pressure from Ryan Christie and tried to play it back to his goalkeeper, but Solanke was waiting and slotted comfortably past Alphonse Areola.
Moyes spoke of hoping Phillips can replicate the fine form Jesse Lingard showed in 2021 when he joined on loan from Manchester United in the January transfer window.
‘This time a couple of years ago we got Jesse Lingard, he really helped us,’ said Moyes. ‘I’m hoping Kalvin can have a similar impact as what Jesse had.
‘His pedigree over the years has made me feel he’s a player I’d like to have at the club. For some time he’s been a mainstay of the England national team. He’s someone who has been a really good player. The move to City hasn’t worked as well as he would have liked.
‘Everybody has something to prove. Jesse had something to prove and Kalvin has as well. There is a big competition at the end of the season where he’ll be hoping to be in good form.
‘We’re talking about a boy with really good character. I think he’s got a chance now to get himself back on track. We’ve brought in another England international to our squad and that’s a big plus.’
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