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Profit Players: Matt Phillips

Profit Players: Matt Phillips

West Brom supporters have been in buoyant mood in recent times after seeing their team get back to winning ways in the Championship in emphatic fashion over the weekend.

Darren Moore’s men went into their clash with league leaders Leeds United having lost three of their preceding four league matches, with their last victory coming against Reading back on October 6. Yet the Baggies finally got back to winning ways on Saturday in sweeping aside Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds, with goals from Hal Robson-Kanu, Matt Phillips, Harvey Barnes, and Dwight Gayle inspiring the hosts to a 4-1 victory at the Hawthorns.

Thus, there have been many thrilled West Brom fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom will be hoping for even more from their team as the season wears on following their side’s reasonably busy summer transfer window.

In fact, the Baggies hierarchy were praised for some of the deals they pulled off during the close season, much like former boss Tony Pulis was praised for sealing a bargain deal for winger Phillips, spending just £5.85 million (as per Transfermarkt) on the Scotland international.

And while the 27-year-old was unable to keep the Midlands club in the Premier League last season, his efforts this term in the second tier suggest that Pulis’ shrewd addition of the winger is looking more and more like a West Brom masterstroke.

Ultimately, Phillips had shone for Blackpool and Queens Park Rangers prior to his move to the Hawthorns back in the summer of 2016, albeit he didn’t necessarily produce the goods in the Premier League before linking up with Pulis at West Brom.

Yet the winger did well in his first season at the club in netting four goals and laying on eight assists in just 27 Premier League appearances for the Baggies, helping them finish tenth under Pulis, although that was as good as it got given he bagged only twice last term as the Midlands outfit finished bottom of the division.

However, Phillips wasn’t the only one who underperformed last season, and he is already going about rectifying that by helping Moore’s men into promotion contention this time round, with his strike against Leeds on Saturday his fifth of the season already.

And with a few assists to his name as well, the Scottish star looks set to be vital to West Brom’s hopes of securing an immediate return to the top-flight this season – he alongside the likes of Barnes, Gayle, and Jay Rodriguez form a frontline that should cause many Championship defence problems.

And with Pulis signing him for just £5.85 million little over two years ago, it’s a deal which is looking more and more like a bargain, and indeed more and more like a transfer masterstroke.

West Brom fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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