Chelsea announced yesterday they are willing to let Shawn Wright-Phillips leave Stamford Bridge for a fee of Â£10M. Newcastle are one of the teams linked with the ex Manchester City player â€“ but is there any truth in this? We’ll take a look.
While there is no doubt that Shawn was a good player when he was at Manchester City â€“ the ridiculous price of Â£21M paid by Chelsea in July, 2005 was far too high for such a player – who found it very hard to ever be a starter in his two years at the London club. He has just not fared well at Chelsea â€“ warming the bench like so many of their other expensive fringe players. However, he did start to show some form at the latter end of last season and still shows some deft touches – and certainly has speed.
The clubs being linked with Shawn are West Ham, Aston Villa, Tottenham, Liverpool, Newcastle and his former club Manchester City. But it’s clear that Newcastle, Aston Villa, West Ham and Liverpool â€“ because of their new Billionaire ownerships â€“ are always going to be linked with any reasonable player who comes on the market this summer.
Itâ€™s just not clear to us if this is paper talk â€“ or whether there is a genuine interest to bring Wright-Phillips to Newcastle.
It is thought that Jose Mourinho wants to generate some of his own transfer funds so he can bring other players into his squad. Jose has already secured three free transfers in the form of Sidwell, Ben Haim and Pizarro – but is being given no additional transfer funds this summer by owner Roman Abramovich..
Wright-Phillips played 153 times for Manchester City from 1998-2005 scoring 26 goals and eventually appeared 54 times for Chelsea scoring two goals. He has played for England 12 times scoring once.
Is this paper talk or is Wright-Phillips a real Newcastle target? We would lean towards paper talk. Let us know what you think â€“ we think other players of similar or greater ability will be available for a lot less than Â£10M â€“ like Turk Gokdeniz Karadeniz for example â€“ who is available for Â£1M.