By Danny Wright

26th Mar, 2020 | 12:00pm

Kevin Phillips: I wanted to stay at West Brom before switch to join Birmingham - Exclusive

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 has revealed that he would have liked to stay put at West Brom before his exit to join Birmingham City in 2008.

During his two-season spell at The Hawthorns, Phillips scored 46 goals in 80 appearances across all competitions and helped fire the Baggies to the Championship title in the 2007/08 season under Tony Mowbray.

However, by the time that season had ended, the striker was 33-years-old and was considering whether it would be worth his time taking the step up to the Premier League with West Brom, or moving elsewhere to stay in the Championship.

Phillips admits that he would have preferred to say put in the Black Country but due to other circumstances, he wasn’t able to and ended up heading to local rivals Birmingham.

“I’ve had this debate before when I went up with West Brom,” Phillips told West Brom News.

“I wanted to stay at the football club but ended up leaving and going to Birmingham, who’d just been relegated, to help them get to the Premier League.

“Of course I would have loved to have stayed at West Brom in the Premier League but for other reasons, it didn’t happen.”

Phillips, to this day, remains a favourite among Albion supporters.

No one will ever forget his heroics against Wolves in the 2006/07 playoff semi-finals when he scored twice at Molineux in a 3-2 win before scoring the only goal of the match in the second leg at The Hawthorns.

Phillips is one of the most prolific goalscorers that the Baggies have had in the 21st century and it would have been good to see if he could have continued delivering goals in the top-flight under Mowbray’s leadership.

Mowbray desperately lacked a goalscorer on their return to the Premier League and, as a result, his side finished bottom.

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