Kevin Phillips wants Chris Wilder to sign new striker for West Brom

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Kevin Phillips wants Chris Wilder to make signing a new striker his first priority if he’s appointed in charge of West Brom.

On Thursday, Sky Sports’ Transfer Centre reported [06:01pm] that Wilder is set to be announced as West Brom’s new manager, bringing a swift conclusion to the club’s search for Sam Allardyce’s replacement in The Hawthorns hot seat.

Once in charge, Wilder has a big task on his hands as he’ll have to get the Albion squad ready for a Championship promotion bid.

Ex-Albion striker Phillips, who fired the Baggies to the Championship title in 2007/08, claims Wilder simply must add to the centre-forward area this summer while a new centre-back wouldn’t go amiss either.

Speaking to West Brom News, Super Kev said: “The spine of the team will be an area he’ll look at.

“I think a striker is so important if you want to get out of that league. You need to find someone that’s going to get you between 15 and 20 goals.

“That’ll be an area that I’m sure they’ll be focusing on.

“I would say they need a centre-half as well.

“If they can keep hold of the players that are already there then I think the spine of the team will certainly be identified.”

It remains to be seen what strikers West Brom will be in the market for in the summer but The Sunday Mirror [print edition] reported at the weekend that Wilder will want to sign Dwight Gayle for the Albion if he’s made manager.

Albion fans don’t need to be reminded of Gayle’s goalscoring exploits during his loan spell at The Hawthorns in 2018/19 but we’re unsure of whether he’d be the same player now as he was then.

Luke Dowling, as well as searching for a manager, will likely have a list of names ready to be presented to whoever replaces Big Sam.

It’s then going to be down to that manager – likely Wilder – to add crosses and ticks next to each name.

In other West Brom news, a Manchester United player has sent a message to an Albion ace who’s been linked with a move to Old Trafford.

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