Former West Brom striker Kevin Phillips has commended current Baggies ace Hal Robson-Kanu for his improved scoring return this season.
The Wales international is Albion’s top scorer so far this term with 10 goals, a potency which has helped Slaven Bilic’s side to occupy an automatic promotion place as they prepare to resume the Championship season following the three-month coronavirus-enforced hiatus.
Phillips, a scorer of 24 goals in the club’s promotion-winning 2007/08 campaign, has praised the 31-year-old for adding a consistent end product to other positive traits within his armoury.
He told the Express & Star: “Hal Robson-Kanu has really performed. He has always been an exciting player, I’ve always liked his work ethic and his hold-up play. But this season he has added the goals that perhaps in previous seasons he hasn’t. I think he is getting into better positions. And it also helps playing in such a good side.”
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Phillips is right to note the improvement in the Welshman’s scoring return in 2019/20 compared to previous seasons. Robson-Kanu came into the current campaign with a meagre nine goals in 94 games for West Brom across three years, a frankly poor return for a centre-forward. Since the start of this season, though, he has been far more potent, reaching double figures in a single campaign for the first time in his career. His contribution has been vital to an Albion side who, despite their lofty league position, have had only him reaching the 10-goal mark so far this term.
Phillips also makes a good point about Robson-Kanu “getting into better positions” in order to boost his goals tally. The striker has averaged 1.7 shots per game in 2019/20, the joint-highest of any season in his career and a substantial improvement on the 1.2 average he managed last term – in his first campaign at The Hawthorns in 2016/17, he was averaging just 0.6 shots per game (via WhoScored).
If the Baggies go on to secure a return to the Premier League, the goals of Robson-Kanu will have proven pivotal to their promotion, so it is with good reason that Phillips has commended the 31-year-old for finally delivering a consistent scoring supply.
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