By Danny Wright

30th Jan, 2020 | 11:17am

Exclusive: Kevin Phillips surprised by West Brom transfer decision

We’re delighted to welcome former West Brom striker Kevin Phillips as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at The Hawthorns…

Kevin Phillips is surprised by West Brom’s decision to sell Nathan Ferguson this month as the youngster reportedly closes in on a move to Crystal Palace.

BBC Sport have claimed that Ferguson, 19, is “on the brink” of joining the Eagles in a deal that could rise up to £10million.

Ferguson has had a breakthrough season at West Brom with Slaven Bilic handing him his senior debut against Nottingham Forest on the opening day of the Championship campaign.

The young full-back, who is a product of Albion’s academy, has made 21 appearances this season for the Black Country club, scored one goal and supplied one assist.

He started against Cardiff on Tuesday night but now it would see as though that was his final match in a West Brom shirt.

Ex-Albion striker Phillips has been happy with what he has seen from Ferguson this season and would have liked to see his former club agree a new deal with the defender rather than selling him.

“I’m really surprised that they haven’t secured his services already because again, he’s a young lad who’s impressed,” Phillips exclusively told West Brom News.

“I’m sure Slaven won’t want to let that affect the running, you can’t afford to let your young, talented players leave the football club.”

A lot of West Brom fans are angry with Ferguson.

He is a young player who has been nurtured by the club and has reportedly snubbed the chance to sign a new deal at The Hawthorns to seek out a move to the Premier League.

It is a bit of an odd move.

West Brom may be in a rotten run of form at the moment but they could still win promotion to the Premier League, where they’ll be playing against Palace next season, as long as the Eagles don’t suffer a shock relegation.

Still, that £10million fee is good business for a player who would have been up for grabs on a minimal compensation fee in the summer.

In other West Brom news, our panel of Super Fans have named the players they want to be signed before the 11pm deadline on Friday.