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 happy with the business that West Brom did in the transfer window despite the restricted budget Slaven Bilic had to work with.
After signing Matheus Pereira permanently from Sporting CP, it was widely reported that the Baggies boss had around £25million to spend on new players.
Grady Diangana, Callum Robinson, Branislav Ivanovic, David Button and Karlan Grant were brought in on permanent deals with Conor Gallagher and Filip Krovinovic joining on loan.
Phillips has suggested that some fans might not be 100 per cent happy with the business the club has done since winning promotion but claims that it’s probably the best that Baggies supporters could have hoped for.
“Getting Diangana, Pereira and Robinson on board, defensively they didn’t want to break that up from last year and they’ve added a striker – it’s positive news,” Phillips told West Brom News.
“I think they’ve done as well as they possibly could with the current financial situation.
“Ultimately if you do a vote for West Brom supporters, I’m sure you’d get a fair few who we will say: ‘We could’ve done better’. But they might not know the ins and outs of what goes on in the background.
“Overall they’ll be happy now they’ve got that proven goalscorer in.”
Grant didn’t get off to a goalscoring start against Burnley on Monday as Albion drew 0-0 at The Hawthorns against Sean Dyche’s side but there were some major positives to take from that result.
In the opening four matches, Bilic’s defence looked extremely weak but the introduction of Ivanovic seems to have helped bolster up the back-line.
Gallagher also looked good in the midfield while Grant is bound to find his shooting boots eventually if he keeps playing the way he did against Burnley.
At this stage, we’re still hopeful. It’s early in the season and we’ve seen enough positives to suggests we could avoid relegation.
In other West Brom news, this Baggies star is open to a move to MLS in January.