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Kevin Phillips has urged West Brom to reconsider their reported plans to release Lee Peltier at the end of the season when his contract expires.
On April 25, The Sunday People reported in their print edition that Peltier, 34, is among a number of players who are set to exit The Hawthorns in the summer.
Branislav Ivanovic, Hal Robson-Kanu and Kamil Grosicki are also set to be out of contract at the end of next month and are also set to be released by the Albion.
Since joining West Brom in January 2020, Peltier has made just seven first-team appearances and only three of them have come in the Premier League for Sam Allardyce.
Despite his lack of game-time, Phillips wants the experienced outcast to stay as he could be a good influence off the pitch.
Speaking to West Brom News, Phillips said: “In my opinion, he’s got that experience.
“Whether he would play week in, week out, he probably would not. But I think sometimes you need to have that player who isn’t going to cost a fortune, who’s got experience and can be relied on when called upon.
“It would be a sensible move to maybe keep him around for next season to try and help get them back [to the Premier League].
“He can be a help to the younger players and the coaches as well.
“You need experienced players to talk to and get messages across to younger players.”
Peltier’s three league starts this season have all come for Big Sam and all have resulted in West Brom failing to win.
He played 90 minutes of the 5-0 defeat to Leeds and 2-0 loss to Tottenham. He also started the 1-1 draw with Manchester United but was substituted off at half-time to be replaced by Darnell Furlong.
Since the draw with United, the former Cardiff right-back has been an unused substitute in every league match.
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