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Why keeping in-demand winger could be crucial for West Brom



West Bromich Albion will enter their first Championship season since the 2009/10 campaign looking to bounce straight back up to the Premier League, under the guidance of Darren Moore.

The 44-year-old head coach couldn’t prevent their relegation to England’s second flight in the latter stages of last season, despite a strong upturn in form under his guidance, and has begun to bolster the squad for the upcoming Championship campaign.

The arrivals of Sam Johnstone and Kyle Bartley provide real Championship experience and quality, which has pleased fans.

West Brom will begin the campaign as strong promotion candidates, but will need to keep hold of their key players if they are to be considered title contenders.

With rumours that Solomon Rondon could be on his way out at the Hawthorns, attention turns to Matt Phillips’ future as a Baggies player, who has been linked with a move away this summer.

Keeping the 27-year-old at the club could be the definitive difference between Darren Moore’s team bouncing straight back up to the first division and finishing the season outside the top six.

The winger, who has filled in at right wing back throughout his two years at the Hawthorns under various managers, stated 23 Premier League games last season, 32 in total in all competitions, scoring twice and setting up two further assists.

While the goal return is poor, with a consistent run of games in the starting 11 in the Championship this coming season, the Scottish international could set the division alight.

After starting his career in the youth set up at Wycombe Wanderers, where he went on to make 78 appearances, Phillips enjoyed spells at Blackpool, Sheffield United and Queens Park Rangers, before signing for West Brom for a reported £6m in 2016.

Since then, Phillips has played 57 times for the Baggies, and if Darren Moore is looking to gain promotion back to the Promised Land first time of asking, he should make the winger a key man in this team.

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