Kevin Phillips claimed it cannot get any lower for Danny Drinkwater after he was sent home from Aston Villa training for an altercation with Jota.
The former Sunderland and Southampton striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested the incident would have been “borne out of frustration” after a difficult few years for the 30-year-old.
It was revealed that the midfielder was sent home from training on Tuesday after headbutting Jota.
The club is now understood to be considering the future of the player who signed on loan from Chelsea in January.
Phillips recalled his time playing with and coaching Drinkwater suggesting that the central midfielder is now at a crossroads in his career.
“I know Danny having played with him and coached him,” the former England international told Football Insider.
“He can be headstrong. It is a shame for the lad.
“I do not condone any of that and I do not want to see it happen.
“I would imagine it is borne out of frustration. It has not worked for him at Villa and it did not at Burnley having been in limbo for two seasons in Chelsea.
“His career has really taken a dip and sometimes they say it needs to get as low as it can before it can get better. To be sent home from training by your club – can it get any lower?
“He needs to think about what he has done and where he is going and try and get back to what he does best.”
Drinkwater has made four Premier League appearances for the relegation battlers since arriving on 7 January.
Dean Smith’s side currently sits 19th in the Premier League and have lost their last five matches in all competitions.
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