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Grandson of Premier League legend nets for Dirk Kuyt in latest Beerschot win

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 15:00, 5 February 2024

Dirk Kuyt maintained an unbeaten start as head coach of Belgian second-division side Beerschot with a 4-1 win at RFC Lüttich over the weekend.

The former Liverpool forward was installed as manager in late 2023 and has since overseen three matches, drawing the first against RSCA Futures (1-1) before running out 3-0 winners over Club NXT.

On matchday 20 at RFC Lüttich, his side was level at 1-1 before a flurry of late goals, with on-loan Stoke City forward D’Margio Wright-Phillips netting the fourth in their success.

Wright-Phillips is the son of former Manchester City and Chelsea winger Shaun, making Arsenal legend Ian Wright his grandfather.

Charly Keita had put the visitors in front, only for Benoit Bruggeman to equalise. Keita and Sekou Diawara restored and extended Beerschot’s lead before Wright-Phillips scored on debut.

Having begun his development in Manchester City’s youth setup, thus following in his father’s footsteps, Wright-Phillips enjoyed loan spells at Blackburn before joining Stoke in free agency.

Beerschot represents the second club he’s temporarily joined while representing; the first was at Northampton Town, where he only made seven appearances.

Wright-Phillips, whose present deal expires this summer, relocated to Belgium during the recent winter transfer window.

“We believe this is a great opportunity for D’Margio to play regular senior football in a team competing at the top end of the Belgian First Division,” said club technical director Ricky Martin.

“We wish him well during the second half of the season and hope he enjoys the new experience of playing in a European league and assisting Beerschot in their push for promotion.”

The 22-year-old, a former England U17 international, featured across four Premier League 2 matches for the Potters this campaign and, to date, made no fewer than 20 appearances in all competitions, subsequently netting two goals.

Beerschot currently leads the Challenger Pro League, the second-highest division in the Belgian football league system. They’re one point ahead of Deinze with a game in hand.

The club based in Antwerp is seeking a Pro League return after two season’s away.