Kevin Phillips has claimed that Wolves captain Conor Cody would annoy him if he had to play against him as a striker. 

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England international suggested that the 26-year-old’s relentless style of defending makes him a nightmare for centre-forwards.

Coady has been a mainstay for Wanderers so far this season, featuring in all of their 24 Premier League matches so far.

And Phillips believes that his style of defending, coupled with his leadership qualities, make him a vital presence for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side.

“He’s one of those, if I was still a striker he’d annoy me because he’s just – Martin Keown I played against many times, you just call him like ‘The Rash’,” he explained to Football Insider.

“Conor Coady reminds me a little bit of that, typical Scouser, just in your face, but he’s showed that he’s a good defender, he reads the game really well, he can travel with the ball as well, he can hit a diagonal [pass].

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“What he is is a a leader and in good teams you always need a leader, a player you can turn to when things aren’t going so well – he’s always barking orders and he’s pivotal for Wolves, he’s a big, big player for them.”

Coady has been at Molineux since 2015, when he joined Wanderers from Huddersfield Town in a deal worth around £2.5 million.

Since then, he has gone on to make 216 appearances for Wolves, scoring twice and assisting a further seven goals.

In other Wolves news, ‘West Brom fans won’t thank me for saying this’ – Phillips makes big Wanderers transfer claim.