By Kevin Phillips

17th Jul, 2021 | 8:00am

Phillips thrilled as Sunderland confirm 'great' Evans signing

Kevin Phillips has heaped praise on Corry Evans after he completed a move to Sunderland on Thursday.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the Stadium of Light legend claimed the 30-year-old could “turn out to be a great signing” for Lee Johnson’s side if he can adapt to League One.

Sunderland confirmed the signing of the Northern Ireland international on a free transfer this week following the expiration of his contract at Blackburn Rovers.

The centre-midfielder, who is the brother of Leicester City defender Jonny Evans, put pen to paper on a two-year deal on Wearside.

A product of Manchester United’s academy, Evans will provide much-needed option in midfield following the exits of Max Power, Josh Scowen and Grant Leadbitter.

When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs for his assessment of Evans, Phillip said:

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“At the end of the day he is an international and that shows that he has really quality.

“I have seen him a fair bit and he has ability. Technically he is a brilliant player.

“The question would be, can he adjust to League One? But I’m sure in the right environment under the right coaching he can turn out to be a great signing for Sunderland.”

Speaking to the club media after his arrival, Evans said: “I’m delighted to have joined Sunderland.

“From experience, I know that League One isn’t easy to get out of – it’s all about consistency and getting it right, so I’m excited to get going.”

In other news, Kevin Phillips fears Sunderland star could quit after deal is completed.