By Danny Wright

25th Mar, 2020 | 12:36pm

Exclusive: Phillips sure West Brom players would accept playing behind closed doors

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 adamant that the West Brom players would accept playing behind closed doors if that is what they must do to finish the season.

One of the ways that the currently suspended 2019/20 season could be finished sooner is by having teams play out their remaining nine Championship matches without any fans in the stadium.

While it wouldn’t be the best for West Brom fans to see their team return to the Premier League without being at The Hawthorns, Phillips sees it as a logical course of action and reckons the players would back that idea.

“You’re challenging for promotion. You can almost get one hand on promotion. I’m sure those players would take playing behind closed doors, whether it’s an advantage to your or the away team, it’s pretty 50-50 really,” Phillips told West Brom News.

“There will be no real advantage apart from playing in your own stadium.”

If it means that there is no threat of the season being null and void, Albion will no doubt be strong advocates for playing matches behind closed doors.

Before the coronavirus pandemic led to football in England being suspended earlier this month, West Brom were in decent form and sat six points clear of third in second place.

Slaven Bilic’s side have occupied the Championship’s automatic promotion spots almost all season and it would be a huge shame for them to have to start over again as if nothing happened.

In other West Brom news, Callum Robinson has reacted after being knocked out of a FIFA20 tournament by Ajax.