Gary Neville backs ‘fish out of water’ Kalvin Phillips to be a success at West Ham
Posted by  badge Boss on Jan 24
Kalvin Phillips is set to leave Man City having failed to impress Pep Guardiola (Photo: Getty)

Kalvin Phillips’ loan move from Manchester City to West Ham is a win-win scenario for all involved, according to .

with his medical booked in on Wednesday, while the Irons will also have the option to buy the 28-year-old permanently at the end of the season.

There was much interest in the England star from home and abroad, with West Ham beating the likes of , Barcelona and to his signature, while were even tentatively linked at one stage.

Neville is certain that east London is the right location for Phillips who is highly-rated but has struggled for game time at City – just 911 minutes in 18 months to be precise.

‘He needs to play football, that’s for sure. He was a major player, someone who I think we thought would do well at ,’ the United legend told .

‘You normally think that City don’t make mistakes in the transfer market. Just not worked out for him there – they’ve got fantastic options in midfield.

‘But losing , I think it’s a good move for West Ham, it’s a good move for . Hopefully he can stay fit and get a lot of football in before the Euros in the summer.

Phillips will be tasked with replacing Declan Rice who moved from West to Arsenal last summer (Photo: Getty)

‘I think that’ll be the main thing, getting football before the Euros. It’s important obviously for England, it’s important for Kalvin Phillips.

‘, trusts certain players a lot and I think that England haven’t got unbelievable options in the centre of midfield. They haven’t. So I think this could work well for all parties, including obviously our country.’

West Ham have done well this season despite losing star player and captain Rice to Arsenal, with the signings made from his £100million sale helping the club to sixth in the table and the Europa League knockouts.

Phillips is likely to play alongside Tomas Soucek in the heart of West Ham’s defence (Photo: Getty)

Phillips would likely play in the same position as Rice did, though he faces strong competition from Edson Alvarez, one of last summer’s signings who has impressed so far.

‘We know he’ll play in midfield, alongside [Tomas] Soucek, he’ll play in that two. He’ll allow Soucek to go forward – and he sits in there, he’s a good passer, good experience,’ Neville added.

‘Manchester City is a football team that is unique and if you’re just not quite as sharp on the ball as those around you – and he’s playing with Rodri, with , with – you can look a little bit like a fish out of water.

‘There was a little bit of that of Kalvin Phillips at Manchester City, but when he goes to West Ham, he’ll fit in there no problem. He’s a really good player and a good, solid, David Moyes-type of thing to have on the pitch.’


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