When watching the World Cup I noticed there was a chorus of groans at the sight of Wright-Phillips coming on for England that were not a million miles away from the kind of reception that Heskey commonly received when being brought on for England.
To the majority of England fans it was Joe Cole who was the best choice to be our World Cup saviour. As we all know this wasn’t to be, as Capello’s use of Joe Cole was extremely limited, whereas Wright-Phillips featured in every game to the extreme frustration of the nation.
Wright-Phillips now has he chance to join Cole at Liverpool who are favourites to sign the player who has been told he could leave the club for a fee of around £7 million. This is a far cry from the £21 million Chelsea paid for him in 2005, which highlights his failure to live up to the potential he showed in the early days of his career.
The influx of new players such as David Silva from Valencia and the imminent arrival of James Milner from Aston Villa means that competition for places in the star studded Man City squad will be more intense than ever. Wright Phillips can definitely expect to spend a lot of the season bench warming if he stays at City.
Having been dropped from the England squad as a result of his poor performances at the World Cup and his failure to repay the trust put in him by Fabio Capello a fresh start at a new club where he can get regular first team action would be best option for him for both his international and club career.
Arsenal were also understood to be keen on signing Wright-Phillips, but they unwilling to meet his wage demands of £65,000 per week. So it is looking increasingly likely that we will be seeing Wright-Phillips being unveiled at Anfield as a Liverpool player.