Kevin Phillips has praised the Premier League’s decision to allow clubs to play friendlies before the restart with Tottenham one of the club’s likely to benefit most from the call.
The former Sunderland and Aston Villa striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, highlighted that friendlies will hand the players invaluable experience of playing in stadiums without fans.
The Telegraph report that the Premier League have given clubs the green light to play non-competitive matches with sides within a 90-minute drive.
It comes as top-flight clubs prepare for the season to resume on 17 June with Aston Villa vs Sheffield United and Manchester City vs Arsenal.
Spurs have a number of players returning from long injury lay-offs, such as Harry Kane, Son Heung-min, Moussa Sissoko and Steven Bergwijn, who will benefit from the decision.
When asked but Football Insider for his reaction to the introduction of friendlies this month, Phillips said: “It is another stepping stone. A sensible move and it will all be done safely.
“If I am Jose Mourinho, to be able to play a competitive match before the restart is great.
“In preseason you play about six or seven games before you kick off the season and it sets you up nicely.
“Of course, getting one or two friendlies will certainly help when you go into the first game fitness wise. It will also give players the vital experience of playing behind-closed-doors.”
Jose Mourinho’s side will have a wealth of clubs to choose from when organising pre-restart friendlies and could feasibly play any London club in the lead-up to 17 June.
Spurs face Manchester United first when the Premier League resumes in what promises to be a crucial clash in the race for the top-four.
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