By Kevin Phillips

6th Dec, 2020 | 10:59am

'The best player in League One' - Exclusive: Phillips drops 'Massive' Sunderland claim

Aiden McGeady can be a “massive asset” to Sunderland in their push for promotion this season after the winger was brought out of the cold by new manager Lee Johnson, according to Kevin Phillips.

The Stadium of Light legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, said the 34-year-old is arguably “the best player in League One” despite a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

McGeady started Sunderland’s 1-0 loss against Wigan yesterday, his first start for the club since November 2019.

Lee Johnson was appointed the new Black Cats manager shortly before the game, Football Insider revealed he was the leading contender for the position on Wednesday.

His first major decision on Wearside was to reintroduce McGeady, a player that had been frozen out by previous managers Phil Parkinson and Jack Ross.

When asked by Football Insider for his thoughts on the winger’s return to the fold, Phillips said:“At the end of the day, Lee Johnson will have his own ideas.

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“From the outside looking in, Parky never used McGeady and Jack Ross did not use him towards the end so there was obviously something there that did not sit quite right.

“Johnson will have assessed that and spoken to people and ultimately it is his decision.

“I have said all along, Aiden McGeady is one of the best players, if not the best player in League One. If Johnson can get the best out of him week in, week out, he will be a massive asset to the football club.

“Johnson will be trying to implement his style on the players but it is not just about McGeady. There is a lot of other situations that Johnson will need to address.”

In other Sunderland news, Kevin Phillips drops ‘massive’ O’Brien claim after ‘crushing’ update.