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 seemed it a “huge gamble” if West Brom opted to sign West Ham’s Xande Silva to fix their striker issue.
According to the Telegraph, the 23-year-old is one of Slaven Bilic top options as he aims to bolster his options up front before the transfer window closes next month.
West Brom’s centre-forwards struggled to score goals in the Championship and it is widely believed among fans, pundits and journalists than the Baggies stand little chance of earning survival unless they can get in someone who can hit at least double-digits in the Premier League.
Silva has been on the books at West Ham since 2018 but has only made two senior appearances.
He’s also more natural as a wide player, which raises further question marks on whether or not he is the man to fix Albion’s issue up top.
Phillips is also concerned by the pursuit of Silva, claiming that he’s unlikely to be any more than a squad player at The Hawthorns.
“I have to confess, I don’t really know anything about the player so to bring him into a Premier League squad and throw him straight into the mix would be a big, big gamble,” Phillips told West Brom News.
“That’s an area we’ve said all along that needs strengthening but to put a youngster in there who’s barely played a game for West Ham would be a huge gamble.
“Maybe he’s being brought in with the view to him being a squad player but if I was a West Ham supporter, I wouldn’t want to be getting rid of anyone.”
Phillips isn’t the only one baffled by the update on West Brom’s hunt for a new striker.
Silva has a very good record of scoring goals at Under-23s level for West Ham by netting 10 goals in all 11 of his Premier League 2 appearances.
But a severe illness that led to him being rushed to hospital stunted his development at the London Stadium and he’s unfortunately not hit the heights that were expected of him.
He’s not the solution to West Brom’s striker problem but as Phillips says, he might not be a bad addition to the overall squad.
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