Patrick Vieira reckoned {that a} pre-season recreation, regardless of the results of a 2-0 loss towards Liverpool, was a giant step ahead for his aspect.

he identical might be mentioned of that event for Irish midfielder Killian Phillips, who made his first senior look for the Eagles since his transfer from Drogheda United when he began in that recreation in Singapore. A latecomer to League of Eire soccer, the Kilbarrack lad has already made large strides, evident in that vote of confidence from Viera to start out him towards Liverpool, and whereas making the subsequent step nonetheless seems to be to be a bit away, with Pa lace prone to mortgage him out within the coming weeks, his presence within the aspect towards the Reds has made folks sit up and take notice.

“It’s an enormous leap to the Premier League, however even to play in a pre-season pleasant is a giant deal, given he’s solely there since December, he’s made large strides in a couple of months already, it’s already been a soar,” says Kevin Doherty, the Drogheda United supervisor who labored with Phillips on the membership final season.


“I noticed an image of him marking Virgil Van Dijk, that can imply rather a lot to him, okay there aren’t any factors at stake however that recreation will matter to Killian, he has all of the attributes.”

Doherty has his personal historical past with Liverpool to make use of as a yardstick for Phillips’ progress. “Killian is at Palace and has performed in preseason towards Liverpool, I used to be at Liverpool for a couple of years and I used to be by no means introduced on pre-season with the primary crew,” he says.

Veteran midfielder Gary Deegan stays a mainstay of the Drogheda aspect, having fun with his present League of Eire profession after a decade within the UK. He performed with Philips final season and was impressed.

“What’s evident is that he has an urge for food, and his angle is second to 1, he was all the time first one right here for coaching. However he was in a position to do it on the soccer pitch too, that’s the place you might be judged, not simply what you do Monday to Thursday however carry out on a Friday night time too,” says Deegan.

“One factor I attempted to inform him was to be extra constant in his performances, and he did that. I used to be an skilled participant, he’d be asking me how he may do higher, even now he’d textual content me to ask for recommendation, and that’s an indication of a great participant, he desires to be taught, he’s somebody who has a starvation to continue learning, I’m practically 35 and I’m nonetheless studying.”

Deegan even sees a match for Phillips at Palace by way of the supervisor. “He has a great presence, he performs with plenty of maturity, he has a bodily presence, he has plenty of attributes, once I take a look at him he seems to be like a Patrick Vieira, and now he has Vieira as his supervisor, that’s nice for him.”

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