The general consensus when Manchester City re-signed Shaun
Wright-Phillips last summer was that they had pulled off one of the
best transfer coups of the close season.
Fast forward six months and this is definitely still the case. The
27-year-old was in inspirational form last night as Manchester City
brushed aside Champions League contenders Aston Villa 2-0 at
The winger was brought down to win the penalty for City’s opener and
then sealed the points with a composed finish two minutes from time.
These weren’t his only involvements though and Mark Hughes has
admitted that he is delighted with the way Wright-Phillips is
The Manchester City boss said that there is “joy in his game” and that
he is playing with a “smile on his face” all of the time. Overall,
there is no doubt that Wright-Phillips is enjoying his football right
This wasn’t the case during the latter stages of his Chelsea career
when he was finding it hard to break into the first team. Speaking
about this, Hughes says that Wright-Phillips’ enthusiasm for the game
was “blunted” somewhat.
However, since his return to Manchester City, everything has been much
more positive. Hughes believes that the England winger has come back
from Chelsea “a better player”, meaning that the whole team has
benefited from him being Manchester City’s most consistent attacking
threat all season.
As for the team as a whole, well it seems as though relegation worries
are a thing of the past. They sit eight points above the drop zone in
8th position, largely thanks to their excellent home form.
Next up for Hughes’ side in the Premier League though is a tough away
trip to Stamford Bridge, in a game where Wright-Phillips will be
hoping to show his Chelsea team-mates what they are missing.