EXCLUSIVE

Noel Whelan has singled out Matt Phillips as West Brom’s standout performer in their early-season fixtures after doing “exceptionally well” for Slaven Bilic’s side.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds United striker and Championship expert says he has been mightily impressed with what he has seen from the Scottish international so far, having netted two goals in the opening six games.

Phillips has started every one of the Baggies’ league games so far, scoring in their first game against Nottingham Forest as well as the win over Blackburn Rovers right before the international break.

Whelan revealed that the 28-year-old is a player he really likes in West Brom’s attack and that his game-changing abilities have already been on show this season.

Asked who has stood out for the Baggies so far, Whelan told Football Insider: “Matt Phillips, I think he’s done exceptionally well when he’s been playing. I really like him, he’s strong, got everything, every attribute that you would want from an attacker.

“He can play through the middle as well as in the wide areas, great turn of pace and eye for goal. I think he’s started the season really well.

“A player that I’ve admired as well because when you have that many attributes and you can be a gamechanger and match-winner, he’s certainly got that in his locker.” 

Phillips has played 102 times for the Baggies since arriving at the Hawthorns, scoring 15 goals and contributing 18 assists across all competitions.

He played 33 times last season, with 30 league, two play-off and one League Cup outings under his belt.

In other West Brom news, Whelan has told Football Insider he believes one Baggies player is under intense scrutiny at the club.