West Brom manager Darren Moore has received a much needed boost, following the news that winger Matt Phillips is close to a return from the ankle injury that has kept him out for the Baggies’ last five games, according to a report in The Express & Star.
The news will be welcome to Moore whose side are currently fourth in the Championship, seven points off the automatic promotion places ahead of the weekend trip to inconsistent Stoke City.
So will the return of Phillips prove a boost for the Albion?
“West Brom have missed him in recent weeks, and that has shown in their form.
“Phillips has a creativity and a spark that the side have been missing since he has been out.
“Even with the additions of Jefferson Montero and Jacob Murphy, I think it is a positive sign that the attack-minded midfielder is nearing a first-team return.”
“I’m not so sure.
“Obviously having a player back is a big thing, but Phillips wasn’t entirely comfortable in the 3-5-2 set up he played in.
“Obviously, any fresh body back is good news, but their method doesn’t always suit the wide man.”
“This is a huge boost.
“They looked poor in their defeat to Middlesbrough at the weekend and lacked a creative spark which is unlike them.
“Phillips will provide them with pace and power going forward and is a much better option to have in the squad instead of Hal Robson-Kanu.”