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 hit back at Danny Murphy after he claimed on Match of the Day that Sam Allardyce won’t be able to keep West Brom up this season.
Albion hired Allardyce to replace Slaven Bilic last week but the new manager lost his first match in charge on Sunday in a humiliating 3-0 home defeat to rivals Aston Villa.
Although the Baggies have just one win in 14 games and find themselves five points behind 17th-placed Brighton, Phillips believes it’s way too soon to say that his former club is dead and buried, especially when he’s certain that players will be signed in January.
“No, I wouldn’t say that. I don’t agree with Danny – they’ve got every chance of staying up,” Phillips told West Brom News.
“When you look at them, they’re not cut adrift, they’re only five points from safety.
“I’m 100 per cent that Big Sam will bring two or three players in during the January window and then it’s down to the players and their performances.
“You can’t say that at the moment. There’s still an awful long way to go.
“People wrote us off at Leicester when we were eight points adrift at the bottom and I get that but we survived.
“To write West Brom off in December is nonsense.”
We like Phillips’ optimism but there are a lot of fans who have completely given up now.
On Sunday, we saw a group of players that had given up in one of the biggest matches of the season. If they don’t care about a game against Aston Villa then what hope do they have of beating other teams down the bottom with us?
Sunday’s display was a disgrace. It will go down as one of the worst, most uninspiring performances in a local derby this club has ever had.
Allardyce has only just arrived at The Hawthorns and while it was his team and his system that lost, the onus, we believe, was on the players who played in that game and so-called ‘Captain Fantastico’ Jake Livermore.
West Brom don’t need two or three more players in January.
They need a completely new squad based on the performance against Villa.
In other West Brom news, this Albion loanee’s had his temporary contract terminated.