Phillips: McGeady 'best in the league' and Sunderland shouldn't be worried about him
Kevin Phillips has allayed fears about Sunderland being overly dependant on Aiden McGeady.
The Stadium of Light legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said while there is a “heavy reliance” on the 35-year-old to provide creative spark for the Black Cats he insisted it is “not worrying”.
McGeady has contributed 13 assists in League One this season – no player in the division has more to his name.
The winger was a rare beacon of light in Tuesday night’s 2-1 loss at Wigan Athletic, and no Black Cats’ midfielder or attacker had more touches than the Irishman (61). (Sofascore)
Phillips believes McGeady’s influence on Lee Johnson’s side is testament to his ability.
“I think there is a heavy reliance on McGeady,” he told Football Insider.
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“It is quite simple for teams that come up against Sunderland, in terms of their game plan, they just have to try and stop McGeady. If you stop him you stop Sunderland. Do you man mark him?
“Everything goes through McGeady and he carries the majority of the threat.
“It is definitely not worrying though, in many ways it is testament to how good a player McGeady is.
“I have said all along that he is a top player and probably the best in the league.
“Even if you man mark he is so hard to defend because he is so quick and tricky. He is certainly Sunderland’s standout player, that is for sure.”