June 19, 2013
THE WRIGHT-PHILLIPS STUFF?
Red Bulls looking at the son of Arsenal legend Ian Wright, Serbian striker Sebastian Stachnik
By Kristian R. Dyer
|Bradley Wright-Phillips (right), who is on trial with the Red Bulls, enjoys some down time with midfielder Sam Lloyd (10).
Photo by Kristian R. Dyer
BigAppleSoccer.com Contributing Editor
HANOVER, N.J. – The Red Bulls are tied for third in the league in scoring but they are looking to add more balance to their attack with two trialists currently on the team’s radar.
Former English Under-20 international Bradley Wright-Phillips and Serbian attacker Sebastian Stachnik both trained with the team at its new facility on Wednesday. The brother of Shaun Wright-Phillips and the son of Arsenal legend Ian Wright, Bradley Wright-Phillips is a forward who can play out wide or up top, according to sporting director Andy Roxburgh.
He was on the books at Charlton Athletic last year but spent a portion of the season on loan with League One club Brentford. Roxburgh said “he can play up front or out wide. He’s an out-and-out attacking player.”
“It’s one of these things that through all of our contacts [from] my staff and myself, we heard the guys are available,” Roxburgh added. “Bradley Wright- Phillips I’ve known about, he’s a good boy. He played in the U-20 England national team underlining his potential. He played at Charlton as your probably know. From the first few minutes he’s quick and he can finish. We’ll see how quickly he blends and if it appropriate because we need to negotiate with him. But he’s happy to come here and show us that he’s got it. Hopefully we’ve got enough to buy him.”
Stachnik comes with a unique pedigree throughout Europe, including stints in the Bundesliga and most recently in Holland’s second division with Helmond Sport.
“He’s a midfield player,” Roxburgh said. “He’s an attacking type of midfield player.”
As of right now, the players will be on trial with an eye towards impressing head coach Mike Petke and Roxburgh. Wright-Phillips showed good mobility and touch on Wednesday while Stachnik showed that he can play a nice ball and can hit a decent cross. With more training sessions, both players will eye impressing a Red Bulls side that could use some creativity in the final third.
“It’s their first day here. Guys that we want to have an outlook. Outside midfielder, a midfielder/forward. Just for options. Just to see, they come highly recommended, we watched some video of them. They played at a decent level, why wouldn’t we bring them in?” Petke said.
“Good players, I’ve met them and talked with them, very good attitudes. As we said early on, we’re always trying to improve. It’s not easy with the salary cap and the league restrictions. It’s not easy to bring constant quality players in that we’ll look at. But when we have that opportunity we want to do it.”