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Ian Wright responds to grandson D’Margio saying he’s a better finisher


D’Margio Wright-Phillips, grandson of England international Ian Wright, scored his first goal for Stoke City in January on what was just his third senior appearance

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Ian Wright celebrates Stoke City FC’s goal

Ian Wright has laughed off suggestions from grandson D’Margio Wright-Phillips that the youngster is a better finisher than the former Arsenal striker.

D’Margio, son of former England, Chelsea and Manchester City winger Shaun, joined Stoke City this season and scored his first senior goal in what was just his third appearance for the Championship side.

The 20-year-old, who can play on the wing or as a central striker, grew up watching clips of his father, his grandfather and his uncle Bradley, who has more than 100 Major League Soccer goals under his belt.

While D’Margio has been quick to play up his own quality, his grandad was having none of it after hearing the youngster’s claims about his finishing ability..

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D’Margio Wright-Phillips is already off the mark in Stoke City colours
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“I’ve watched a lot of my dad’s YouTube videos and a lot of my grandad’s YouTube videos — even my uncle — and it’s just amazing to see, because one day I would hope for my family to do that with me,” D’Margio told The Times.

“It’s the low centre of gravity, the confidence to try and take on a player,” he said when describing similarities with Shaun.

“With my grandad, I’d say I think I’ve got better finishing than him.”

Wright, however, was in no mood to let his grandson get away with the bold comment.

The 58-year-old scored 185 goals for Arsenal in seven seasons with the London club, including 10 in the Premier League as they were crowned champions under Arsene Wenger in 1997-98, and also found the net nine times in 33 senior England appearances.

“Look at the chest on this yute” was the pundit’s response on Twitter, followed by several cry-laughing and heart emojis.

“D’Margio has come in and shown everybody what he is capable of, and every young player at the club has to take heart from that,” Stoke boss Michael O’Neill said after the youngster scored his first goal for the club in January.

“He has only been at the club for just over a year and has overcome the disappointment of being released by Manchester City, a club he had been with for a long time, at a young age.

“The most important thing for me is that when we brought him up in to the first-team set-up in training, he really did prove a point.

“Now he is going out there at a very good level and showing the qualities he possesses, which is really positive for us.”

The youngster was named as Stoke’s player of the month for January, having made his first-team breakthrough after impressing for the under-23s, and claimed a huge 65% of the vote as Potters fans chose their star performer.

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