West Brom winger, Matt Phillips, produced an impressive display during the Baggies’ 3-2 victory over Blackburn on Saturday.
The performance came after the 28-year-old recently signed a new three-year deal at the club. Phillips has been at the club since 2016, and was a crucial part of the side that faced relegation from the Premier League.
The former QPR midfielder netted a first-half equaliser for the Baggies on Saturday as he showed excellent strength to be able to hold off Blackburn defender Greg Cunningham.
As a Scotland international, Phillips’ experience will help the side throughout their Championship campaign this season but if he’s to keep his place throughout then he must continue to help contribute to goals, especially as West Brom have decided to strengthen their attacking options.
He now has strong competition, and Slaven Bilic is seemingly yet to be certain on what is his best XI. The Baggies brought in Grady Diangana on loan from West Ham, as well as, Matheus Pereira and Filip Krovinovic on loan from Sporting Lisbon and Benfica. All of which are players that could rival Phillips for a place in the side.
Phillips’ pace can be frightening at times and offer a difference to the other outlets that Bilic’ side has at their disposal. He showed that on Saturday, as he made two progressive runs forward and completed 67% of his dribbles, a real strong showing.
He was also constantly looking for more goals after he had scored his first. He had four shots in the game and was able to be a threat, helping out striker, Charlie Austin.
Having played over 100 games in the Premier League, his experience is so valuable to Bilic’s squad, especially with the team now having a number of loanees and youngsters dotted throughout. The new-look attack is aiming to replace the goals of Dwight Gayle last season, and Saturday’s home victory will have done all of the forwards’ confidence the world of good.
In fact, West Brom have remained unbeaten in their opening six Championship fixtures, despite having yet kept a clean sheet. It shows how potent the attack has been, as the Baggies have needed to score in every league game.
Phillips has started all six Championship matches and will be hoping that his goal against Blackburn can spur him onto even better things when the Baggies travel to Fulham after the international break.
A real asset to a side in this division, he’ll be looking to get this West Brom side promoted, and then hopefully push on and continue to do well for both club and country.