Curtains for Shaun Wright-Phillips?

Manchester City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips could be moved on this summer by the Eastlands side. But would City fans really care?

Shaun Wright-Phillips is currently in a difficult squeeze, brought on most probably by himself. Having turned down Manchester City’s supposedly ‘derisory’ offer of £70,000 a week as he feels it undervalues his services. He is waiting to see City’s reaction. His adopted father Arsenal legend Ian Wright has not exactly been helping his cause mind. Going on the radio ranting and raving about Manchester City chiefs Brian Marwood and Garry Cook treating his son like a youth player is not going achieve much.

Ian Wright told Talksport radio ‘There’s these people like Brian Marwood and Garry Cook mugging him off, treating him like a youth-team player and not someone who actually wants to be there because of what he thinks Manchester City can do.’ Wrighty didn’t stop there; he went further with his condemnations. ‘When you have people like Marwood and Cook, who for me are just a bit full of themselves, I’m not sure they know exactly what they are doing deep down so I’m just a bit worried about that.’

This is turning an already delicate situation into something far more toxic. Manchester City believe £70,000 a week, which is a raise of £10,000 on Shaun Wright-Phillips currently contract, is sufficient for a player of his standard. Shaun Wright-Phillips camp insists that he missed out on the ‘new money’. Having been signed just days before the takeover by Sheikh Mansour, Shaun Wright Phillips has not gained the contracts that new signings such as Joleon Lescott, Kolo Toure, Wayne Bridge or Gareth Barry have received. He clearly wants parity with these players.

The England international midfielder does have a point, but when you explain such vast amounts of money to the common man, we lose our sympathy. Shaun Wright-Phillips is a good player. Honest, quick and difficult to track. But do Manchester City feel he is a worth the £100,000 a week he seeks?

A fan favourite at Eastlands that is for sure, Shaun Wright-Phillips has been a consistent performer for Manchester City. Though I believe with another major surgery and investment in the team that will occur in the summer, it could see him pushed out over his contract demands. Sheikh Mansour could easily afford the £100,000 a week the England international wants, but sources coming out of Manchester City are suggesting that they will not back down to his demands and Wright-Phillips must lower his expectations.

What Shaun Wright-Phillips must accept is that Manchester City holds all the cards. He will never receive the amount of money he is after at any other Premiership club. Furthermore a top four side will not sign him. At 28 years of age, this is Shaun Wright-Phillips last shot at winning major competitions with a club. Manchester City is his best bet. He should just sign the contract on offer. I believe no player at City is irreplaceable with the wealth they have and Wright-Phillips should be looking over his shoulder.

The Manchester City winger is replaceable. I would question whether he is of enough quality for a Manchester City side next season that will be challenging for Premiership honours. Maybe as a squad player, much akin to his time at Chelsea, but in a first eleven, I’m not so sure. If Shaun Wright-Phillips doesn’t lower his demands or put a rag in Ian Wright’s mouth then he could find himself pushed out very quickly.

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