Jamie Carragher has warned Chelsea that they need to stop Kalvin Phillips this weekend in the Premier League fixture against Leeds United.
The Blues host Leeds on Saturday night in the league, where 2,000 home supporters will be in attendance at Stamford Bridge.
Frank Lampard’s side are sat third in the table in a strong run of form and that was highlighted by an emphatic 4-0 midweek victory against Sevilla in the Champions League group stages.
Despite the fact Leeds are 12th in the table, they’ve been extremely competitive and great to watch in every match this season with their high intensity style under Marcelo Bielsa.
They beat Everton 1-0 at Goodison Park in their last match and pundit Carragher has picked out midfielder Phillips as the man to try nullify.
The 25-year-old England international is instrumental for Leeds in the deep-lying midfield position, as he dictates their play in possession with his range of passing and starts off their attacks.
“When he was pressed [against Everton], his passing was fantastic. Away from home, it is perhaps the job of the striker to come deep onto him,” Carragher told Sky Sports.
“Against Everton last Saturday, Phillips produced one of the best performances from an individual I’ve seen this season. If you face Leeds, you’ve got to stop him. If you face Leeds, you’ve got to stop him. Maybe it’s a job Tammy Abraham can do in dropping deeper.”
Carragher has suggested that it could be up to Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham to drop in out of possession to cut off the space for Phillips.
It could be a shrewd tactic from manager Frank Lampard to use the 23-year-old Blues star in that way, as the Leeds playmaker likes to drop deep to get on the ball and without him this season they’ve not looked anywhere near as effective.
Chelsea should consider getting someone around Phillips during the contest, but Olivier Giroud may end up being the starting centre-forward after his four-goal heroics against Sevilla.