Kevin Phillips claims Jerry Yates could turn out to be a “really good signing” for Sunderland as the Black Cats consider a move for the striker this summer.
The 2000 European Golden Shoe winner, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, was confident that the Rotherham United forward could make a successful transition from League Two to League One next season.
The 23-year-old spent last season on loan at Swindon Town where he scored 14 goals in 36 appearances in all competitions.
Football Insider understands that Blackpool are leading the Black Cats in the chase for the striker who will become a free agent on 1 July.
Yates is surplus to requirements at Rotherham who have just been promoted to the Championship after the League One season was curtailed.
When asked by Football Insider if the striker would be able to handle leaping up a division, Phillips said: “I do not think it is a huge jump.
“There is always a slight concern jumping up a league. I had it when I jumped from the Championship to the Premier League and I did not struggle.
“Sunderland will do their homework and they will not make a move unless they believed he was up to it. They will do their background checks and they will analyse videos until they are blue in the face.
“At Sunderland he would be playing with a better class of players and get more chances.
“The kid knows where the back of the net is so it could turn out to be a real good signing.
“Look at me when I went to Sunderland. No one had heard of me but I did not turn out too bad! It would be a slight gamble but quite possibly a chance worth taking.”
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