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Kalvin Phillips Faces Criticism Over Return to Man City Training

Kalvin Phillips, the midfielder on loan at West Ham United, has faced heavy criticism from pundit Chris Sutton, for his return to Manchester City training.

Phillips, 28, admitted that Pep Guardiola accused him of being ‘overweight’ after the 2022 World Cup, following England’s quarter-final exit in Qatar. Phillips aimed to solidify his place in Guardiola’s midfield. However, his lack of game time and Guardiola’s public critique led to a loan move to West Ham.

Sutton labeled Phillips’ return as ‘unprofessional’, highlighting Guardiola’s frustration with the midfielder’s weight issues. Phillips acknowledged Guardiola’s concerns, but criticized the public nature of the coach’s comments.

Kalvin Phillips: Criticism Amidst Man City Return

The move to West Ham provides Phillips with an opportunity to regain form and fitness ahead of EURO 2024. However, his performance at the London club has yet to meet the expectations.

On comparing Phillips’ statistics to other midfielders in Europe’s top leagues, the later underscores his potential but also highlight areas for improvement. Despite his talent, Phillips’ long-term future remains uncertain. Additionally with a permanent departure from Man City looming.

The loan spell at West Ham presents challenges for Phillips, especially considering the team’s recent poor form. With The EURO 2024 approaching, Phillips may seek a new club. A club where he can secure regular playing time.

Journalist Paul Brown suggested that Phillips will face difficulties in his initial days at West Ham. His comments regarding Guardiola, hint at a potential departure for Phillips from Man City after EURO 2024.

Phillips’ return to Man City training sparks debate about professionalism, giving insights into the player-coach dynamics in professional football. His journey at West Ham, and even beyond will be closely watched as he aims to fulfill his potential on the pitch.

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