Kevin Phillips has tipped Sunderland to table Aiden McGeady a new contract on reduced terms.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the 2000 European Golden Shoe winner heaped praise on the “outstanding” 34-year-old and claimed he would be hard to replace at the Stadium of Light.
McGeady has less than five months left on his contract with the Black Cats, having last renewed terms in July 2019.
As quoted by the Northern Echo, the winger hinted last week that he hopes to extend his stay on Wearside.
His 16 appearances across all competitions this season have yielded four goals and eight assists.
When asked for his assessment of McGeady’s future at the Stadium of Light, Phillips told Football Insider:
“Why would you not offer him a contract? Whether they go up or not.
“The club will not be held to ransom so I do not think he will or should be offered anything near what he is on now though. The club need to learn from previous mistakes. Hopefully Louis-Dreyfus is clever with it.
“It is hard to find players of McGeady’s calibre. He can create goals. It is just a question of whether he has the hunger and desire to do it week in, week out and McGeady has shown recently that he has that. He has been outstanding.
“If he helps Sunderland gain promotion this season, why would you not keep him and go again? It is hard to find those type of players.”