West Ham or Aston Villa could sign their own Kyle Walker this month in the shape of Brentford defender Rico Henry, according to Kevin Phillips.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Villa and Sunderland striker has admitted he was surprised the left-back was not poached by a top-flight side over the summer transfer window, although did admit he thought the Bees star “had a mistake in him”.
The Athletic report that West Ham have continued to scout the 23-year-old after considering making an offer earlier this year, while Aston Villa are also said to be long-term admirers.
He has remained a mainstay for Brentford in the Championship this season, with 21 league starts under his belt so far.
Phillips believes Henry’s lack of defensive composure may have convinced clubs to look elsewhere but suggested a run in a top-flight team could take him to the next level.
Phillips told Football Insider: “I’m surprised he’s one of those that didn’t go when Benrahma went and Ollie Watkins went after their promotion push last season.
“He’s one of their better players as well. It wouldn’t surprise me if he did go, he’s one of their better players, attacking-wise, sometimes I think he’s that quick he can make up for some of the errors.
“He’s a bit like Kyle Walker, who I think is a fantastic player, he can recover when he makes a mistake and get out of trouble and I think Rico Henry’s a bit like that.
“That might be one of the reasons why maybe a Premier League club hasn’t gone in for him because he does have a mistake in him.
“He’s a good player and a run in a Premier League side, you can see him getting better and better and improving.”