By Kevin Phillips

9th Jan, 2022 | 9:39am

'Brilliant' McGeady tipped to exit Sunderland after director reveal - Phillips

Kevin Phillips “would be surprised” if Aiden McGeady is a Sunderland player next season.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the 2000 European Golden Shoe winner fears age, injuries and wage demands will lead to the 35-year-old leaving the Stadium of Light.

McGeady is one of eight senior players out of contract at the end of this season.

As quoted by the Chronicle (4 January), sporting director Kristjaan Speakman revealed the January window and remaining fixtures will have a major bearing on contract decisions.

Phillips heaped praise on the “brilliant” McGeady and claimed he’s “an asset to any team” when fully fit.

“At the end of the day, it’s a big commitment to hand a player on McGeady’s money another year,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs.

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“He will be another year older and he has had his injury problems. The injuries have been a shame because we know what a brilliant player he is.

“Do I see him at Sunderland next season? Probably not.

“If they get promoted and can get him back fit, it may be a different story though. He is an asset to any team when he’s fully fit.

“The older you get the harder it is to come back from these injuries though. For that reason, I would be surprised if McGeady is a Sunderland player next season.”

McGeady is currently sidelined with a knee injury.

He has contributed three goals and four assists in 16 appearances this season.

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