By West Brom News speaking to Kevin Phillips

15th Aug, 2021 | 12:10pm

Kevin Phillips expects Romaine Sawyers to quit West Brom

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Kevin Phillips sees Romaine Sawyers leaving West Brom before the end of the month amid speculation linking him with a move to Stoke City.

Sawyers, 29, was left out of Valerien Ismael’s matchday squads against Bournemouth and Luton while last season in the Premier League, he played in just one of the last 18 matches.

According to a report by StokeOnTrentLive journalist Pete Smith ahead of Albion’s draw at Bournemouth last week, Stoke are interested in Sawyers.

Speaking on the Baggies Broadcast podcast earlier this week, Express & Star journalist Joseph Masi reported Stoke have “expressed” their interest in the former Brentford and Walsall midfielder, who was a product of West Brom’s academy but returned to The Hawthorns in 2019.

Phillips was a fan of Sawyers in his first season back at the Albion when Slaven Bilic led the side to automatic promotion.

However, the ex-striker admits the midfielder didn’t impress in the Premier League and selling him would be a good option in order to free up funds to land a new centre-forward.

Speaking to West Brom News, Phillips said: “I like Romaine.

I think when he first came to West Brom, he had some good games. He sat in front of that back-four and did really well breaking up play and doing well with his passing.

But it just hasn’t really worked out, has it?

From West Brom’s point of view, if they can move him on and free up a wage to help bring in another striker then it’s sensible all around.

From the player’s point of view, he’ll just want to go and play football now.

I would imagine he’ll move on.”

Sawyers has made 64 appearances in all competitions for West Brom since returning to the Black Country club in 2019.

If he is sold, Ismael’s midfield options will be light with Alex Mowatt and Jake Livermore the only recognised central midfielders in each of his last two matchday squads.

In other West Brom news, Phillips has reacted to the news that Albion want to sign this attacker to replace Matheus Pereira.

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