Kevin Phillips has urged Aston Villa midfielder Danny Drinkwater to use the mid-season break as a time to reflect on his career and change his ways.
The former Sunderland and Southampton striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, hoped the player he worked with whilst first-team coach at Leicester City could “come back firing” when football resumes.
The Premier League, like many competitions across Europe, is suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic with hopes currently pinned on a mid-June restart, Football Insider has learned.
The Chelsea midfielder signed a sixth-month loan deal at Villa Park in January having struggled whilst at Burnley for the first half of the season.
However, the former England international again failed to reach the high standards he set whilst at Leicester City, where he won the title in 2016.
Phillips, who worked with the player whilst first-team coach of the Foxes, was hopeful the break can help the midfielder rediscover form.
“It is important Danny uses this time to think about what he wants,” he told Football Insider.
“What made him a top player, playing for England and getting his move to Chelsea.
“When he does go back can he become the player we all saw 18 months ago?
“It is a good time for him to reflect on his own career. He might come back firing and a totally different player. Let’s hope he is.”
Drinkwater made the headlines for the wrong reasons prior to the break. A training ground altercation with Jota leaving his short-term future at Villa in doubt.
The midfielder could be affected by a new set of emergency measures being considered by FIFA which would restrict player movement until the season is completed, Football Insider understands.
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