David Prutton has claimed that Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips will have a “very big test” to keep Leicester City playmaker James Maddison quiet.
The Whites travel to King Power Stadium on Sunday afternoon looking to avenge their heavy 4-1 defeat in the reverse fixture at Elland Road.
The Sky Sports pundit believes that Maddison is a “fantastic” footballer and will have more influence on his side in the absence of Jamie Vardy.
Writing in his Yorkshire Evening Post column, Prutton admitted that it will be great to compare the two in terms of their international credentials.
“James Maddison has been making the headlines with his form and he is a fantastic footballer,” he said.
“Maddison will be a very big test for Kalvin Phillips and the two of them have already come together in the England squad.
“It does feel like Phillips would be the one doing the marshalling job on him and when Phillips is at his best in the Leeds side there is no better person to do that.”
Phillips is vital in every single game that Leeds play.
The 25-year-old missed the reverse fixture earlier in the season with his shoulder problem, forcing Mateusz Klich to drop deeper – a role he was completely exposed in.
No one in the Leicester squad averages more key passes per game than Maddison according to WhoScored, so keeping him quiet would seriously hamper the Foxes.
Vardy destroyed the Whites defence with his pace in the channels last time, so without that to aim for, Maddison is already hampered, Phillips must make sure to make that an even bigger problem by allowing him no breathing space.
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