Ex-Manchester City and QPR winger Shaun Wright-Phillips making great impression during MLS training stint

Shaun Wright Phillips

The 33-year-old has linked up with brother Bradley's New York Red Bulls for fitness work after being released by Queens Park Rangers last month.

Having been training with the New York Red Bulls for the past fortnight, former Chelsea and Manchester City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips has made an increasingly positive impression on head coach Jesse Marsch.

Speaking to BigAppleSoccer.com, Marsch stressed that Wright-Phillips, whose brother Bradley is the MLS club’s star striker, is just in New York to train currently but did admit to being more than impressed with what he has seen from the experienced free agent thus far.

“He's good around the goal," the Red Bulls boss told the website. "You see when he gets chances to hit a shot or set-up a little play that he's sharp in that way. It's been fun having him here.

“I think he's had a good impact on the team – anytime you have a big-time player there's excitement in playing with him, training. He's come here and worked hard to get his fitness going. It's been fun having him."

However, in regards to whether Wright-Phillips’ training stint could result in a permanent move, Marsch added: “He's just here to train.”

Wright-Phillips, 33, endured a torrid 2014-15 campaign with Queens Park Rangers before being released last month, having made just four Premier League cameos for a total of 129 minutes.

The ex-England international has long-been linked with a move to MLS, though, and, despite Marsch’s comments, the Red Bulls would look like a good fit on paper.

The club have been searching for a natural winger since the winter to fill the now-retired Thierry Henry’s old spot on the left flank and, while Mike Grella has played well at the position of late, an upgrade to the former Leeds United forward would still be preferable.

A move for then-Wigan Athletic’s James McClean was mooted earlier this month [h/t ESPN FC] but, with the Irishman since joining West Bromwich Albion, the front office have now been forced to look to other possible targets.

Despite his recent QPR struggles, Wright-Phillips should still have something left to offer MLS and, if he could prove even half as successful as his brother, who won the Golden Boot and tied the single-season scoring record last term with 27 goals, then management would be more than pleased.

However, whether Marsch and general manager Ali Curtis will opt to make a move for the 36-times capped midfielder ahead of the opening of the league's transfer window next month remains to be seen.

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