Chelsea defender Marc Cucurella is struggling with the pressure at Stamford Bridge.
Phillips believes the defender is struggling with the pressure that comes with playing for a club like Chelsea and feels as though he is lacking self-belief as a result.
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, the journalist said: “With Cucurella, he’s a proven Premier League player. He got player of the season last year at Brighton and he’s consistently done it at a high-quality level, and I think he will continue to do that at Chelsea.
“But right now, I do sense that he might be struggling with the pressure of it all and a little bit with confidence and mentality. That’s what it looks like to me from the outside.”
Having made the switch from Brighton in the summer, Cucurella has endured a mixed time so far at Stamford Bridge.
With some positive performances amongst some primarily average efforts, he has failed to find the consistency that he showed at the Amex Stadium.
Though, it’s worth noting that it is not entirely his fault.
Graham Potter, whom he followed to SW6, has taken tactical fluidity to another level and seems intent on changing the system on an almost weekly basis.
As such, being a victim of versatile utility, Cucurella finds himself as a progressive wing-back on game, and the next a conservative centre-half.
The boss needs to reduce the amount of rotation that is currently on display, with the players seemingly bamboozled as to what their roles are in and out of possession from one week to the next.
At a bigger outfit like Chelsea, Potter can introduce consistency within his tactical approach in a similar manner to the likes of Mikel Arteta and Pep Guardiola.
If he can do this, then Cucurella, and the rest of the Blues players, will have a greater chance of achieving consistency within their respective games.
After all, something has to give with the side now without a win in four Premier League games.