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 wouldn’t be surprised if West Brom sign Danny Rose this month after the Tottenham left-back was linked with a move to The Hawthorns.
The Athletic journalist Steve Madeley reported last month that Albion could attempt to move on Kieran Gibbs in January after failing to find a club interested in taking him in the summer.
The struggling Premier League club has since been linked with a move for 30-year-old Spurs outcast Rose, with Sky Sports News journalist Kaveh Solhekol claiming “there could be the possibility of West Brom coming in for him” last Tuesday.
Phillips admits there are similarities between Rose and 31-year-old Baggies left-back Gibbs.
However, the ex-Albion striker suggests that the Tottenham full-back would be a decent addition at The Hawthorns.
“He could be [a good signing] but you’d put him in a similar mould to Kieran Gibbs,” Phillips told West Brom News.
“Both are very experienced Premier League player and they’re a similar age but centre-half is the area I’d be looking at. I think you can get away with it at left-back because Gibbs can do a job and [Dara] O’Shea can play there if needs be.
“I think that’s just paper talk but he’s an experienced player, I like him and he’s probably a player who needs to go out and play week in, week out.
“It wouldn’t surprise me, let’s put it that way.”
If West Brom get rid of Gibbs it will be because he has injury issues, let the team down massively with his red card at Everton and hasn’t really shown a good run of form in the Premier League while playing for the Baggies.
Rose hasn’t played a single first-team game for Spurs this season after being left out of Jose Mourinho’s Premier League squad while he hardly impressed while on loan at Newcastle for the second half of last term.
Like Gibbs, Rose has had injury issues in his career and due to the fact he hasn’t played a competitive game since July, signing him could be a massive risk in the middle of the season.
Gibbs is a high-earner at The Hawthorns and Rose would more than likely cost a fair bit of money too.
We don’t see how he’d be an improvement upon what West Brom have and if that’s the case, Sam Allardyce and Luke Dowling are better off looking elsewhere if they want a new left-back.
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