Noel Whelan says that West Brom would suffer a “massive blow” if they were to lose Matt Phillips before the end of the transfer market.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds striker and Championship expert says that the Baggies’ wide man has the sort of attributes which makes him an attractive proposition to clubs in the Championship and Premier League.
As exclusively revealed by Football Insider, the 28-year-old is a man in demand heading into the final week of the transfer window with Aston Villa joined by Sheffield United and Brighton in making an approach for his capture.
Whelan says that he can understand why top-flight sides are keen and that losing such talent is what West Brom can expect after failing to secure promotion back to the Premier League.
Whelan told Football Insider: “There’s no doubt he’s got something many, many clubs would love. He was one of the players who stood out. He’s quick, he’s strong, he’s powerful, he can play through the middle, play out wide.
“A lot of Premier League clubs have dipped their hand into the Championship and taken a chance on these players. He ticks a lot of boxes in that final third, which can cause problems. West Brom will be weakened if they do get rid of him.
“For Phillips not to be at the club for the start of the season would be a massive blow but that’s the threat Championship clubs have to deal with.”
Phillips was a mainstay at the Hawthorns in West Brom’s push for promotion, playing 32 times in the Championship on the way to the play-off semi-finals.
He has a total of 162 second tier and 109 Premier League appearances under his belt.