Danny Mills says that it would be a “huge loss” were the club to lose Matt Phillips after the departure of other attacking options.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds and England defender said that the 28-year-old had perhaps not lived up to the expectation built early in his career but that he would still be in demand from both Premier League and Championship sides.
As exclusively revealed by Football Insider, midlands rivals Aston Villa have made a move over signing the former QPR man before the end of the transfer window, with the Villans joined by Sheffield United and Brighton in registering their interest.
Mills says that while selling Phillips would help West Brom manage their finances heading into a second successive season in the Championship, his loss, along with the departure of Jay Rodriguez and Dwight Gayle, would leave Slaven Bilic’s side lacking in firepower.
“He’s not gone missing at West Brom but has fallen off the radar a little bit,” Mills told Football Insider.
He hasn’t quite developed as maybe some expected. I would say Premier League sides in and around the bottom half, without a doubt, but there might be some Championship sides that are looking for promotion as well who might also be interested.
“It gives them a problem, doesn’t it? Yes, you have to balance the books but equally you’ve got to be able to challenge in the Championship to try and get that promotion and that’s difficult.
“It would be a huge blow for them to lose another forward player. You start to wonder where their goals are going to come from.”
Phillips, a 14-cap international for Scotland, played 33 times across all competitions for West Brom last season, his five goals and six assists helping the Baggies to the Championship play-off semi-finals.
He has made a total of 96 appearances during his time at the Hawthorns, while he has 109 games of Premier League experience under his belt.