Update: The New York Red Bulls have officially announced the signing of Wright-Phillips, pairing him alongside his brother for the first time since 2004 when they were together at Manchester City.
Everyone has heard that in the past month, starting from Bradley Wright-Phillips’s wedding earlier this summer that his brother, Shaun Wright-Phillips was in town. At the beginning it seemed normal – but then the transfer window started to churn.
Per multiple reports for Kristian Dyer on Big Apple Soccer, the English striker has been in camp for some time, with his latest essentially making him seem tired of the reports that he was just “in training.” It appeared that after just the first week that his signing was imminent, though the team tried to pay it off as just offseason fitness sessions. Then another week went by and people started really looking forward to the signing, just not to a DP contract.
Many of the fans have been restless this transfer season as it appeared that nothing was in the pipeline as the window has been open for some time. With two DP spots available for the team – there was hope that a big name that was linked to the New York Red Bulls was connected with would finally come through, but nothing yet. Until now.
Per Taylor Twellman via Twitter, the team had finally committed to signing Wright-Phillips to a contract – reuniting the once highly sought after English brothers:
The signing will surely be a means to address some of the lack of creativity that has been apparent upfront. As strong as the Red Bulls’ offense may look – the team struggled against RSL, Orlando, and most recently in the Open Cup against the Philadelphia Union – to score when they were up a man (or two regarding the RSL match).
The lack of a superstar like Henry has some relation to that – but still with attacking threats like Abang, BWP, Grella, Kljestan, and Sam – the team looks strong on paper.
Wright-Phillps has impressed in trainings according to the team, and shows an inclination towards goal – despite his QPR record stating otherwise. In general, it seems like the English striker will provide offensive creativity and a desire to finish his career on a high note. After a month of scouting one would hope that the Red Bulls’ coaching staff evaluated highly on cultural fit – or perhaps the contract negotiations regarding compensation caused the situation to be dragged out.