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…
Sam Field and Charlie Austin caused quite a stir among West Brom fans on Wednesday night when they both scored to help QPR beat Brentford 2-1.
Field, 22, joined the Rs on a loan-to-buy basis in the winter window and finally made his debut for the London club this week before scoring an equaliser minutes after coming off the bench at Loftus Road.
Austin, 31, joined QPR on loan in January and his contract at the Baggies expires in the summer. He found the back of the net just minutes after Field to complete QPR’s comeback in a West London derby win for Rangers.
Since Austin made his debut for QPR, the Championship club has won five and lost one of their matches with the West Brom loanee scoring three goals in the process.
Even though Albion look as though they’ll be back in the Championship next term, Phillips doesn’t see the Black Country club wanting to keep either Field or Austin.
The ex-striker also suggests that the players might not even want to play for the Baggies.
Speaking to West Brom News, Phillips said: “If I’m being honest, I think the club will cut their losses and let both players move on. Will those players want to come back to West Brom having already been told, ‘you’re surplus to requirements here, go and find yourself a club’?
“I don’t see those two coming back to West Brom and performing next season in the Championship.”
We understand why Austin was loaned out last month.
Since joining Albion from Southampton last year, the centre-forward has struggled to find his mojo and found himself below Hal Robson-Kanu in Slaven Bilic’s pecking order in the Championship.
While Austin did finish as West Brom’s top goalscorer in all competitions last season, his performances were pretty underwhelming and by the time the club was promoted, it was clear he wasn’t good enough for the Premier League any more.
He’s hit the ground running on his return to QPR and that suggests he might join them permanently on a free transfer in the summer when his deal is up at The Hawthorns.
Field is more of a sore one because he’s a West Brom lad who’s a product of the club’s academy.
However, manager after manager has overlooked him at The Hawthorns so getting rid this year, while he’s still under contract, makes sense and it pockets a bit of money for the Midlands side.
In other West Brom news, Kamil Grosicki is expected to stay at the club for the rest of the season.