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Kevin Phillips admits he’s “a little bit surprised” that West Brom have allowed Sam Field to join QPR on loan with the view to a deal being made permanent.

Field, 22, is a product of the Albion’s academy and a staunch supporter of the club but he’s struggled for first-team minutes while back at The Hawthorns this season after a loan spell at Charlton last term.

The ex-England Under-20s midfielder played three times in the Premier League and twice in the Carabao Cup before an injury that ruled him out of the bulk of games between October and January before he joined QPR.

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With West Brom staring relegation back to the Championship in the face, Phillips believes that keeping Field with the view to next season would have made more sense.

However, the ex-Baggies forward admits that they might have been forced to get rid of the young midfielder in order to afford new recruits.

“It’s disappointing because you have to have one eye on next season. It’s looking pretty much like Championship football and he can be a player you’ve already got on your books that can do a job,” Phillips told West Brom News.

“I’m a little bit surprised and it could come back to bite them in the backside a little bit. He’s a player who’s been at the club for a while, he knows the club and supporters like him. 

“I’m surprised but there could be something going on behind the scenes in terms of freeing up some wages to get other players in.”

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Field’s exit led to a bit of discontent among Albion fans.

He’s always been a popular player due to him being an academy product and a supporter of the club he plays for but in the last few years, has he really improved?

Phillips makes a good point about possibly keeping hold of Field for next season as Albion look likely to be relegated. However, it wouldn’t shock us if an agreement with QPR was reached in order to fund the new arrivals of players like Ainsley-Maitland Niles and Okay Yoksulu, who signed on loan at The Hawthorns on deadline day last week.

We wish Field all the best at QPR.

Once he’s fully fit, he’s bound to get plenty of game time and at this rate, he’ll be back at The Hawthorns next season to play against West Brom and prove to them why he shouldn’t have been sold.

In other West Brom news, Premier League and MLS clubs want to sign this Albion player and one bid has already been rebuffed.

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