By Danny Wright

18th Sep, 2020 | 6:10pm

'Baffles me' - Exclusive: Pundit says West Brom player 'will more than likely' start v Everton

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 tipped Hal Robson-Kanu to start up front for West Brom when they take on Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon.

Slaven Bilic left Phillips “baffled” when he named Callum Robinson to start as the centre-forward in the 3-0 defeat to Leicester for Albion’s Premier League opener last week.

Robinson was rested for the Carabao Cup action in midweek, which allowed Bilic to start both Robson-Kanu and Charlie Austin.

Wales international Robson-Kanu scored a stunning long-range goal to help the Baggies earn a 3-0 win against Harrogate Town.

After scoring in the win, Robson-Kanu took to Twitter to say that it was “great to get on the scoresheet” and also a “massive honour to captain” the team on the night.

Phillips believes that Robson-Kanu will more than likely spearhead West Brom’s attack when they take on Everton on Saturday due to his goal against Harrogate.

“I would say Robson-Kanu would start [against Everton],” Phillips told West Brom News.

“I was very surprised when I saw the line-up at last weekend. It backfired because Robinson is not an out-and-out striker.

“He might turn out to be one but right now he’s deployed more often in the wide area. I was really surprised that the first game of the season and you don’t go with an out-and-out striker.

“I can sort of understand it if you’re away from but it baffles me.

“After two strikers started against Harrogate, I see one of them starting at the weekend and it will more than likely be Robson-Kanu because he scored the goal.” 

As much as Robson-Kanu probably deserves to start against Everton, you have to take into account that his goal on Wednesday night was against a team that was promoted from the National League last season.

That’s nothing against Harrogate, it’s just that they’re at a completely different to Everton, who beat Tottenham away last week.

It is a bit of a joke that we’re going into our second Premier League match with Phillips wanting Robson-Kanu to start and that’s not anything against Phillips’ opinion either, it’s that the Welshman is the best of a bad bunch right now.

West Brom need to sign a top striker as soon as possible.

In other West Brom news, Bilic confirmed an injury blow to one of his players after the win against Harrogate.

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