This article forms part of our Profit Players feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how well a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how good of a deal the club managed to achieve.
It all started in the summer of 2016, Queens Park Rangers had finished the season languishing in mid-table of the second-tier in English football, and Matt Phillips needed a new club. In came West Brom, and after agreeing on a fee of just £6m, the English-born player made the move to the Midlands.
After his brilliant start to the Championship season, Phillips is proving to be a crucial player for West Bromwich Albion this season. The winger has already matched his tally of five goals from last season in just 12 games compared to 30 games last year. His hunger to get on the end of chances this year have been apparent with Phillps averaging the second-most shots per game in the West Brom squad.
Goals against Nottingham Forest, Blackburn Rovers and Huddersfield Town have won the league-leaders six points this season, showing his knack for being in the right place at the right time.
Manager Slaven Bilic has lauded his contribution to the attack this year compared to last. He said: “He likes to be around the box, but I said to him sometimes he wasn’t in the box enough.”
“We’ve seen this season that, most of the time, when the ball comes in from the other side, he’s inside the box. At the moment he’s doing it well, long may it continue.” (Source: Express and Star)
His output has already seen his transfer value rise to just over the £6m that was paid for him, as per Transfermarkt, and with the Midlands side in a strong position for Premier League promotion that could skyrocket given the value of promotion to the top-flight.
According to Deloitte (via The Daily Mail), promotion to the top-flight is valued at over £170m, and if Phillips’ goals can contribute to the cause, there’s no reason why his value won’t increase beyond the £6.3m it stands at.
West Brom fans, can Phillips aid your promotion push this season? Let us know your thoughts!
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