Ex-Tottenham Hotspur boss, Tim Sherwood certainly doesn’t shy away from controversial comments and this week is no different.
Despite managing Spurs and working in the academy system, he has now claimed that Leeds United’s Kalvin Phillips is a better player than Tottenham academy graduate Harry Winks.
This comes despite the fact that Phillips, who is already 24-years-old, has never kicked a ball in the Premier League or for England.
The Leeds midfielder has appeared 180 times across six seasons in the Championship, scoring 12 goals in that time (Wikipedia).
In comparison, Harry Winks, who is also 24-years-old, already has 94 Premier League appearances, six caps and a goal for England, and a Champions League Final appearance under his belt (Wikipedia).
Kalvin Phillips made the England squad for the first time this week, being named alongside the likes of Winks.
Reacting to this news, Tim Sherwood claimed that only Jordan Henderson was a better holding midfielder than Phillips.
He said (Daily Star): “He [Phillips] is exceptional and he’s vying to be the best No6 in that squad, sitting in and around the back four,” Sherwood said.
“I guess you’d have to give Jordan Henderson the nod just above him because of what he’s done with Liverpool but after him, Phillips is better than the rest.
“He really is a player and he’s got everything. Phillips is the full package. I know he hasn’t had Premier League experience but when you get in among better players at international level, you shine and he could be wearing the England shirt for a long time to come.”
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