Kevin Phillips has been discussing the pros and cons of Leeds United or West Brom making a move for Queens Park Rangers ace Bright Osayi-Samuel if they are promoted to the Premier League.
Leeds currently sit top of the Championship table, a point clear of West Brom in second. Both hold a handsome lead over Fulham, who are the biggest threat to the pair’s chances of promotion if the season continues.
Reports from Football Insider and the Express & Star have linked the promotion-chasing pair with a move for Osayi-Samuel in the summer, with the QPR ace catching the eye with his performances in West London this season.
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The 22-year-old has five goals and seven assists to his name as things stand from 29 Championship appearances.
He’s got little top-flight experience, which has been noted by Phillips, but the ex-Baggie also states that his experience of playing English football could help him in the Premier League.
Speaking to West Brom News, Phillips said: “It’s one of those where you might take a slight gamble because if both of these teams go up, the kid hasn’t got any Premier League experience. He’s had a good season at QPR; it’s a big jump.
“But he’s young, he’s exciting and if you can get him at the right price, sometimes it’s worth taking that gamble.
“QPR have got another player in Eberechi Eze, he’s been touted around as well and there are a lot of clubs looking at him.
“They’re the types of players on our doorstep who, although they haven’t got Premier League experience, they have got experience of playing in this country and that could be a big bonus.”
There are nine games separating Leeds and West Brom from the Premier League, if the season continues, with both still to play Fulham.
Leeds and West Brom will naturally be starting to turn their attention to the transfer market during this postponement of football.
Osayi-Samuel is one of the Championship’s standout young attackers and you can see why he’d be a good signing for either next season.
Phillips’ doubts about his top-flight experience are understandable, but given his age and talent, you can shelf those doubts.
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