Former West Brom striker Kevin Phillips says that Matt Phillips has been overshadowed by some of his Baggies teammates this season, but that he would like to see the attacker stay at the club regardless.
Phillips has fallen down the pecking order at West Brom somewhat in recent months, having not started a league game for the Championship promotion chasers since the 1st February, despite having previously been a largely regular feature in the lineup before that.
The 29-year-old’s place in the squad could yet come under more threat next season, with reports that West Brom are keen to sign another winger, Bright Osayi-Samuel from QPR, although former Baggies forward Phillips, believes the club should keep his namesake around even if they do complete that signing.
Speaking about the performances of Matt Phillips so far this season, the striker turned pundit told West Brom News: “I like Matty Phillips, he’s a good player.
“Unfortunately, this season, players have performed better than him and that’s just the way it is. Sometimes that happens in football.”
Discussing how Matt Phillips could work in the Baggies squad alongside Osayi-Samuel, he continued: “When you go up, you’re going to want to bring players in who affect the squad and make you better and Osayi-Samuel certainly looks like a player who can do that, then you have Phillips who has that experience.
“I’d be more inclined to keep Matty instead of somebody else and look to strengthen in the areas that you really need to.”
Since joining West Brom from QPR in the summer of 2016, Phillips has made 131 appearances in all competitions for the club, scoring 21 goals.
The 29-year-old only signed a new three-year contract with West Brom at the start of this season, securing his future at The Hawthorns until the end of the 2021/22 campaign.
I do think that Kevin Phillips has a point here.
With the likes of Matheus Pereira and Grady Diangana taking all the headlines for the Baggies this season, it is easy for someone such as Matt Phillips to be forgotten about in comparison.
However, it should be remembered that he too has made a significant contribution to the Baggies’ push for promotion this season, and his Premier League experience could well be useful for Bilic’s side should they win promotion this season, meaning it does make sense to keep Phillips at the club if possible.