By Kevin Phillips

17th Jun, 2021 | 5:44pm

Phillips delivers verdict on Sunderland signing Robertson as player stance reported

Kevin Phillips has claimed Clark Robertson could be a “smart” signing for Sunderland this summer on a free.

However, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the Stadium of Light legend insisted he would rather see some of the younger players at the club given an opportunity next season.

Robertson‘s contract with Rotherham expires at the end of this month and he is set to leave as a free agent.

According to the Daily Record (14 June), the centre-half “is likely” to remain in England despite an offer from his boyhood club Aberdeen.

It comes after Football Insider revealed last month that Sunderland, Fleetwood Town and Plymouth were also in the hunt for his signature.

When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs for his thoughts on Robertson, Phillips said: “It could be a smart bit of business on a free.

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But, Sunderland is a much bigger football club than Rotherham so as much as he is stepping down a division there will be more pressure on him.

It could be one of those signings that goes under the radar. He might do a solid job coming down from the Championship similar to how Bailey Wright has.

“But, if I was Lee Johnson, I would look to see some of the younger players given an opportunity.

It is a low risk signing at the end of the day, he could add a bit of quality and competition but it’s time some of the younger players were given their opportunity.”

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