Former Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips has backed Chelsea youngster Nathan Baxter to be a success if he makes a summer move to Wearside.
Parkinson, who guided the Wearsiders to an eighth-placed finish last term, approaches the new season under pressure to turn around the club’s fortunes next season and gain promotion to the Championship.
Baxter, who has had loan spells away from Stamford Bridge to the likes of Ross County, Yeovil Town, Woking and Solihull Moors in the past, has now emerged as a target with the Evening Standard claiming that Sunderland have joined Championship duo Birmingham City and Derby County with interest in the 21-year-old.
Discussing his former side’s interest, Phillips spoke to Football Insider about the youngster’s chances of becoming a success at the club, saying:
“It is always difficult but this lad will be under pressure every day in training. He is working with world-class goalkeepers. Having been a coach there is huge pressure in training every day. I have seen it happen.
“I have seen experienced goalkeepers give young goalkeepers a telling off because it effects their training. He has experienced a different kind of pressure.
“To be number one at Sunderland would be a challenge. The advantage anyone coming into Sunderland is that there is no pressure from supporters on your back. That will benefit young players coming to Sunderland.
“Baxter clearly has quality, otherwise he would not be at Chelsea, so I think he would do alright.”
All three ‘keeper targets seem to be good ones for Sunderland but who will arrive remains to be seen.
Phillips clearly believes that Baxter would be a good fit for the club and having gained experience in the lower leagues and worked with some top class shot stoppers at Chelsea, it is easy to see why.
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