With just over a week to go until the end of the transfer window, Aston Villa are reportedly interested in signing West Bromwich Albion winger Matt Phillips.
Football Insider claim that Aston Villa have made an approach to sign the 28-year-old, who played a key role in helping the Baggies reach the Championship play-offs last term.
In the latest FLW Spotlight, we discuss whether Phillips would be a good signing for Aston Villa by taking a look at some of his stats from the 2018/19 Championship in more detail.
Phillips scored five goals for West Brom in the Championship last season. To put this into context, only Dwight Gayle, Jay Rodriguez and Harvey Barnes scored more league goals for Albion last term.
He also registered five assists. This is a decent number, especially when you consider that he struggled with injury problems throughout the season.
However, if we are being critical, you might have expected a winger for one of the top teams in the division to have registered a few more assists, especially when you consider the quality West Brom had up front last season.
Phillips made averaged 5.81 dribbles per game and averaged 5.06 crosses per game. This shows that he likes to get forward, take on defenders and get crosses into the box.
However, if we look into these stats in a little more detail, only 24.4% of his crosses were accurate and that probably is not good enough for the Premier League.
Phillips is definitely a quality winger at Championship level, but you have to question whether he would be good enough to start in the Premier League week in, week out – especially when you consider the quality that Aston Villa have in attacking areas.
He could be a decent signing for Aston Villa and would provide Dean Smith with some more strength in depth, but he might find himself being more of a squad player at Villa Park, so perhaps he would be better of remaining at West Brom.
With that said, the winger has one year remaining on his contract at the Hawthorns, so perhaps West Brom would be tempted to cash in on him before the end of the transfer window, rather than allow him to leave on a free transfer next summer.
His stats suggests that he could be a decent signing for Aston Villa, although he could play a key role for West Brom under Slaven Bilic this season as the Baggies target a return to the Premier League.