Ian Wright has warned grandson D’Margio Phillips-Wright that the hard work is only just beginning.
D’Margio, the son of Shaun Wright-Phillips, made his professional debut for Stoke City during the Potters’ FA Cup tie with Leyton Orient.
Speaking on Wrighty’s House, Wright spoke about the hard work it will take to continue progressing in his career.
“I quickly had to make him understand this is the beginning of the beginning. Because when you look at the percentage of people who get to play professional football, and, hopefully pray to God, get to the Premier League. It’s so so small,” said Wright on his weekly podcast for the Ringer.
“I had to instantly, after all these emotions going through me, had to make him understand how hard he has to work from this point on.
“To try to explain to him whatever you’ve done to get you here, double it. And then when you double it, you have to continually think on a daily basis ‘did I do enough?’”
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Wright-Phillips is a third generation footballer, with his grandfather’s career spanning 15 years from 1985 to 2000, playing for sides such as Crystal Palace, West Ham United and Arsenal, where he scored 128 goals and won a Premier League title.
Wright-Phillips’ father also played professionally for 18 years, from 1999 to 2017, with teams such as Manchester City, Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers. He, too, won a Premier League title, during his time with Chelsea.
Wright-Phillips lasted 84 minutes as Stoke progressed to the next round of the FA Cup, winning 2-0, before being substituted for Emre Tezgel who became Stoke’s youngest ever player.
Stoke’s reward for victory is a cup tie with 2013 winners Wigan Athletic in the Fourth Round.
Michael O’Neill’s side are currently eighth in the Championship. Their league campaign resumes on January 15 with a trip to the MKM Stadium to face Hull City.
Wright had a glittering career as a player and has made a name for himself as a pundit. Being able to have his advice on-tap will be a massive help for Wright-Phillips.
The ex-Arsenal striker sounded quite proud when discussing his grandson, but that he immediately warned him about the hard work shows us all how difficult it can be to make it in the professional game.
Wright-Phillips is clearly very talented and with this network of people around him he has every chance to succeed at this level.