Some West Brom fans have been hammering the display of Matt Phillips in the 5-0 home loss to Leeds United in the Premier League.
The 29-year-old did not put in the performance that a captain should have done as he saw his team concede goal after goal in the first half, to the point where Sam Allardyce decided to take him off just as the second half began.
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He only managed to record a measly 5.8 overall rating on Sofascore, which was the third-lowest out of any player to have set foot on the field, behind his teammates Sam Johnstone and Romaine Sawyers.
The Englishman lost all six of his duels in the game, while also failing to record a single shot on goal, dribble, key pass, successful cross or long ball, while also losing possession of the ball no fewer than 11 times (Sofascore).
West Brom fan reaction to Phillips display
These Baggies hammered his performance on Twitter, with one Albion supporter even claiming that he was ‘awful’:
“I see there’s no Instagram posts from the players. Where’s Matt Phillips’ fight courage and determination gone? Bunch of jokers always play the big one on social media and never deliver. Sawyers coming out yet still won’t put a sprint in. #wba”
“Never gonna be tight with Phillips, Sawyers, Diangana and Furlong walking back after we lost possession week in week out #wba”
“Phillips showed why he shouldn’t be captain he has no fight, leadership or bottle. New captain next game. After his mini honeymoon with some not bad performances, he had very much gone back to type #WBA”
“Second to every ball. Not competing. No outlet. No threat. No desire or heart. One of the worst performances in years. Sawyers abysmal. Grady abysmal. Phillips awful. Misfiled non existent. Defence shambolic. #wba”
“This desperate, have we got a midfield Phillips is useless and anonymous. #WBA”
“If anybody can tell me why Matt Phillips is playing for this club ahead of Pereira then I’ll be amazed #wba”
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