Kevin Phillips raves about West Brom-linked midfielder Gustavo Hamer
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Kevin Phillips has raved about Gustavo Hamer after the Coventry midfielder was linked with a move to West Brom.
The Athletic has reported that Hamer, 23, is on West Brom’s shortlist ahead of the transfer window reopening at the end of the season.
Albion’s central midfield options are set to be decimated over the summer with loan deals for Conor Gallagher, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Okay Yokuslu all expiring.
It leaves Jake Livermore, Romaine Sawyers and Rekeem Harper as the only three central options who are currently set to be at The Hawthorns for next season.
Phillips wants the Baggies to strike a good balance of youthful exuberance and experienced heads ahead of next season.
Speaking to West Brom News, Phillips has shared his thoughts on Hamer after watching the Coventry midfielder in the Championship this season.
“It depends on who leaves but yes, he’s a good young player,” said Super Kev.
“I’ve seen him play a couple of times. Coventry finished the season very strong and he was one of their main players. At that level, he’s shone in a team that’s struggled.
“With finances, he’s not going to cost a fortune.
“You need that balance in the side in terms of experience and you also want those young, hungry players that can play week in, week out.”
Hamer enjoyed a superb debut season in English football this season at Coventry, who signed the Brazil-born Dutch midfielder from PEC Zwolle last year.
He made 44 appearances in all competitions for the Sky Blues, scoring five goals and supplying three assists in the process.
Speaking earlier this season, Coventry boss Mark Robins was quoted by the Coventry Telegraph as saying Hamer is destined to play in the Premier League in the future while he also hailed the midfielder’s “frightening” ability to strike a football.
Hamer is seen as a deep-lying playmaker with his passing ability also standing out alongside his shooting technique.
According to stats by Wyscout, Hamer completed 76 per cent of all passes this season with 59.6 per cent of his passes into the final third finding a teammate.
While those stats don’t leap off the page, Hamer would no doubt improve alongside better quality players at The Hawthorns if West Brom sign him in the summer.
In other West Brom news, this 23-year-old could be released by Albion next month with a Championship move on the cards.