Kasey Keller warns to beware of the threat of Kevin Phillips ahead of Saturday's clash with Southampton at the Lane.
The goalkeeper knows full well the danger posed by the striker, having only last week returned from a loan stint at St Mary's. The former England frontman has netted three times in his last five games and is now beginning to return to the form that made him such a huge favourite during a prolific spell with Sunderland.
"He popped up and scored the winner in my first game against Portsmouth and, with Beattie possibly injured, it is really up to Kevin to spearhead that attack," considered Kasey.
"He played very well against Middlesbrough last week and obviously wants to continue that form and re-establish himself among the top goalscorers in the Premier League."
A player Kasey encountered for the first time during his time on the South Coast is another striker seeking to forge a goal-laden career in the game. Dexter Blackstock has burst onto the scene this season, scoring five goals in his ten first team appearances. Kasey believes we will be hearing a lot more about the Southampton youth product.
"Dexter is definitely a young talent who they have bought through the Academy. He scored the equalising goal against Portsmouth and has been really good up front.
"He is quick, good in the air and just needs to mature and clean up that first touch with his back to goal. When he can do that he is definitely one to be watched."