By Kevin Phillips

20th Jan, 2021 | 6:00pm

'Not Good Enough' - Exclusive: Phillips hammers Sunderland player after display

Kevin Phillips is surprised to hear Sunderland winger Aiden McGeady completed less than two in three passes against Plymouth last night.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the Stadium of Light legend questioned whether the 34-year-old is capable of playing two games in a week in light of his numbers.

McGeady gave the ball away 12 times and recorded a pass completion rate of just 61 per cent as the Black Cats were beaten 2-1 by Plymouth Argyle on Wearside. (Wyscout)

Sunderland boss Lee Johnson has brought the attacker back into the fold after he was frozen out by previous manager Phil Parkinson.

His eight appearances since his recall to the side have yielded two goals and one assist.

When asked for his thoughts on McGeady’s passing stats last night, Phillips told Football Insider: By McGeady’s standards, that’s not good enough. 

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“He is the type of player who steps up to the plate and leads by example so I’m surprised.

“McGeady will be disappointed with that stat because of course it was not intentional.

“The question will be asked as to whether he can play the amount of games he used to when he was younger.

“I am not telling Lee Johnson how to do his job but he may have to utilise McGeady wisely and rest him every now and then.

“As a team, Sunderland cannot afford to put in those type of performances if you want to get out of that league.”

In other news, Tottenham have made a ‘concrete’ move to sign Southampton star man Danny Ings.