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Kevin Phillips doubts Leicester City midfielder Hamza Choudhury would be interested in joining West Brom this month unless he’s guaranteed to play every week.
The Express & Star reported last Monday that Choudhury, 23, has emerged as a top target for the Baggies this month with Sam Allardyce wanting to sign a new defensive midfielder.
It is understood Albion have made a loan bid for the former England Under-21 international, who’s made just three Premier League appearances for Leicester this season.
However, ex-Albion and Foxes striker Phillips has reservations about whether Choudhury would want to go to The Hawthorns and whether he’s even needed in Big Sam’s squad.
“It’s tough because you’d be leaving a team that’s third in the Premier League. He hasn’t had an awful lot of game-time but you’d be joining a Premier League side that’s cut adrift at the bottom and are up against in week in, week out,” Phillips told West Brom News.
“I don’t know the player well enough. I suppose the only way he would come would be to guarantee he plays every week – that’s the only way I could see him going.
“I find it a bit of a strange one. I get the Robert Snodgrass transfer a little bit more than Choudhury because Snodgrass can create goals and he can chip in with goals.
“But I think they’ve already got players that can do that Choudhury job.”
Choudhury is at a critical point in his career.
He’s 23-years-old, has another two and a half years left on his contract at the King Power and is struggling to get game-time.
Leicester may be third in the league at the moment but what role has the English midfielder had in that? To be exact, he’s played just 70 minutes in the top-flight with just one start to his name.
Choudhury started four of Leicester’s six Europa League matches so we can understand if he wants to stay in the East Midlands to continue playing in Europe but the chances are that if he joins Albion, he’ll play a lot more regularly.
The Loughborough-born ace has only ever been out on loan at Burton Albion in his career so it’s about time he tries to take the next – and hopefully final – step in his development by playing a key role at a Premier League team like West Brom.
In other West Brom news, the Albion are in talks to sign an in-form striker.