West Bromwich Albion headed into the September international break having had a steady start to life in the Championship under new head coach Slaven Bilic. We’ve picked up 12 points from six games, with three wins and three draws to keep us unbeaten so far under the Croatian, and Matty Phillips has played his own part in that.
The 28-year-old Scotland international has featured in all six games, and so far, he’s contributed two goals and an assist and former player, and now pundit, Noel Whelan has said he’s done ‘exceptionally well’ so far, and presumably he’s backing him to continue that form until the end of the year.
Speaking to Football Insider recently, the former Leeds United striker claimed that he had been our standout player so far this season.
“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.”
I don’t imagine many fans would disagree with his words as everyone knows how important Phillips is to us, the question in recent times has simply been his injury record, but if he can keep clear of the niggles and the spells on the sidelines this year, our chances of going one better when it comes to promotion are dramatically improved.