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Kevin Phillips has suggested West Brom fans to keep an eye on the progress of young attacker Owen Windsor, who is currently enjoying life while on loan at Grimsby Town.
Windsor, 19, joined the League Two club on a temporary basis last month and has since made nine appearances in all competitions and scored two goals.
Ian Holloway has played the former Cirencester youngster as a striker and on both wings with the Grimsby manager describing the teenager as “sensational” at one point.
Windsor has recently told the official Albion website that he wants to break into Slaven Bilic’s first-team squad at The Hawthorns and Phillips is delighted to hear the prospect’s ambition.
“Of course it’s encouraging. It’s great,” Phillips told West Brom News.
“I know Ian Holloway very, very well. I haven’t watched a lot of Grimsby this year but I know what Ollie’s like. He’ll give Windsor the freedom, he’ll back him and he’ll give him the confidence to go and express himself.
“He’s obviously benefited from working under Ollie and it’s refreshing to hear a player saying he’s trying to break into the West Brom side.
“That’ll be encouraging for Slaven so let’s keep an eye on how he develops for the rest of the season. It’s very encouraging to have a young, exciting player out on loan who’s doing really well.”
Windsor has been used in all sorts of positions by Holloway and while it would be good to see the youngster get a consistent run of playing in his preferred role as a striker, it is encouraging that he’s versatile enough to also play on the wings.
The 19-year-old scored four goals in four Premier League 2 appearances for West Brom’s Under-23s before he joined Grimsby on loan with two of those goals coming in a win against Aston Villa’s Under-23s.
He must be someone who the Albion coaches rate highly and Holloway is no mug either, he’s a great manager who’s managing below his level in League Two.
If there’s anyone in the fourth-tier who can improve Windsor it’s him and we have no doubt that the teenager will continue to improve during his spell in Lincolnshire.