Wright-Phillips should move on

August 27, 2008
By Jon Carter

You could be forgiven for wondering what has happened to Shaun Wright-Phillips' career since his move to Chelsea.

GettyImagesWright-Phillips (r) moved to Manchester City after talks with Chelsea boss Felipe Scolari (l).

Marginalised over his three years at Stamford Bridge, the diminutive winger has not made over 20 starts for the club in any one season and that alone, you would think, would be enough for him to consider that his future lies elsewhere.

Not so. Wright-Phillips seems content to stay at a club who are unwilling to play him and are making no apologies in their search for a new winger.

With Brazilian Robinho set to join the club 'within 48 hours', Wright-Phillips simply has no future at Chelsea and should make good his escape while he is still viewed as a decent player.

Certainly there is no shortage of clubs interested in signing him and, in fact, he would probably do well at a club like Portsmouth, where he is guaranteed a starting place on the right wing. With the news that Niko Kranjcar is out for three months, Harry Redknapp (a known admirer of the Chelsea man) should surely head the queue, although may be put off by a £10million asking price.

His old club Man City are also in with a shout, although the instability around Eastlands at the moment seems to be a major stumbling block. While Everton, short of players in almost every position, could do with a player of Wright-Phillips' type to provide Yakubu with ammunition from the flanks.

Aston Villa, too, have money to spend and are tracking the 26-year-old, although may prefer a player with a bit more fight, such as Newcastle's want-away midfielder James Milner. If given a choice between the two, it is easy to see why Martin O'Neill would want Milner on his side.

With Wright-Phillips content to sit on the bench and collect his £50,000 a week paycheque for the past few seasons, it would come as little surprise if no club showed more than a passing interest in a player happier to party than play.

Ian Wright, Shaun's father, has already publicly pleaded with his son to swap Chelsea for another Premier League club, where he has a hope of reigniting his England ambitions. But to no avail.

It is a pity that one of England's brightest young stars seems to value money over playing the game we all love, but the hope remains that he will be forced to leave upon Robinho's arrival.

Sparked into life again at a new club, Wright-Phillips has the potential to get his old form back; although it is a sad state of affairs if he chooses to stay and 'fight for his place'. The only reason one can possibly think of why a player with no future could possibly stay at Stamford Bridge is that his pockets are weighing him down.

These days, money talks, and Wright-Phillips is in danger of becoming a bad example for thousands of youngsters if he doesn't start to show some ambition.