Kevin Phillips: Jack Hendry could be good signing for West Brom
Kevin Phillips has predicted that Jack Hendry could go “under the radar” if West Brom sign the Oostende defender this summer.
Hendry, 26, has been linked with a move to The Hawthorns after an impressive season on loan at the Belgian club from Celtic.
The Scotland international has done so well at Oostende that they have committed to triggering an option to buy clause for him that’s worth just under £2million [90min].
However, Oostende seem as though they could be tempted into making a quick buck on Hendry amid interest from a host of English clubs including the Baggies.
Speaking to West Brom News, ex-striker Phillips suggests that a move to the Championship could suit the former Dundee and Wigan centre-back.
He said: “You wouldn’t be stepping into the Premier League so you’re not coming up against the quality, craft and creativity that you would have done.
“That’s not saying there are no good strikers in the Championship because there are but I just don’t think that quality is there. Coming from Scotland to the Championship, I still feel the Championship is a better league but it’s not too far away.
“He’s an international who’s played in big games.
“Signings for a team that’s just come out of the Premier League tend to go under the radar a bit, they can turn out to be good ones.
“And if it doesn’t work, as long as it hasn’t cost the earth, you haven’t lost a lot of money.”
Hendry made 30 appearances in all competitions for Oostende while on loan there this season, helping them finish fifth in the Belgian top-flight.
Belgian newspaper Sport Voetbal named Hendry as the best player in Belgian football this season too, which should give Albion fans plenty to be excited about ahead of potentially landing him this summer.
In other West Brom news, the Albion could appoint their new manager by the end of Thursday.