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Matt Phillips now sits as West Brom’s top goalscorer in the Championship, however, it wasn’t always like this for the attacker. Over the course of the last few seasons, Phillips had struggled to perform consistently.
The Scotsman signed for the Midlands club back in the summer of 2016 for a mere £6m from Queens Park Rangers (via The Guardian). He had just come off a brilliant season for the west London side, scoring and assisting 13 goals for the club (via Transfermarkt). Indeed, he carried that form into his first campaign for West Brom, scoring five and assisting nine goals in his debut season in the side.
However, things quickly went downhill for the attacker, and he scored just three goals and got just three assists in his second season as the club were relegated from the top flight. The 28-year-old struggled massively during the league season, being dispossessed the third-most times and averaging less than 1 shot per game (via WhoScored).
The 2018/2019 season didn’t prove to be much better for Phillips as he fell off massively towards the backend of the season. Phillips featured in just nine of the final 21 games of the season, scoring and assisting just 11 goals, despite West Brom reaching the play-off semi-finals.
However, the current season can’t be more different for the attacker, who seems rejuvenated under Slaven Bilic. Phillips has scored four goals in just eight Championship games, just one short of his entire tally for last season. The goals against Nottingham Forest and Huddersfield have proved crucial with the side going on to win, showing his impact on the side.
West Brom will now hope Phillips can continue his superb form for the club, and help push them towards Premier League promotion.
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