European Golden Shoe winner in 2000, now 41-year old Phillips netted 30 times for Sunderland in the Premier League, becoming to date the only Englishman to have won the prestigious award.
Spells with Watford, Southampton and more recently Crystal Palace and Leicester have always brought a regular goal return, and regular trophies - having won promotion with the Black Cats, West Bromwich Albion, Birmingham, Palace and, most recently, Leicester. It was with the Foxes where the former non-League striker finally retired, at the age of 40, although he remains at the King Power Stadium as a coach.
In the aftermath of the Foxes opening day draw with Everton, Phillips revealed to Sky Sports that they face a tougher tie when they come up against Chelsea this weekend, claiming that the Blues were the best team on the opening weekend.
"They were certainly the most outstanding team of the opening weekend in terms of the way they moved the ball around, the chances they created and the goals they scored.
"We all know what top players Chelsea have got and they’ve added to that over the summer to make themselves even stronger."
Chelsea defeated Burnley 3-1 in their first match of the season, although the Clarets looked impressive in the opening stages of the game, and even managed to score the first goal. And Phillips has revealed how Leicester might try to defeat Jose Mourinho's men this weekend - taking inspiration from Burnley's defeat.
"Burnley showed you can get at Chelsea in the first ten minutes but you have to be clever against them. If you try to go up against them for 90 minutes they’ll eventually break you down.
"But if you defend well and get the balance right, who knows, you might be able to get a result."
Despite impressing in the first half, the Blues looked content to sit on their result in the second period of the game, and, if Leicester have a lead at half-time through their intense pressing, the Foxes may be able to defend well enough to claim a shock victory over the Premier League giants - and their first win of the season.