By West Brom News speaking to Kevin Phillips

5th Oct, 2021 | 8:10am

Kevin Phillips expects West Brom January exit for Kenneth Zohore

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Kevin Phillips expects Kenneth Zohore to leave West Brom in January with a move abroad or down to League One being possibilities.

According to The Athletic, there’s a chance the 27-year-old will never play for the Baggies again after being frozen out by Valerien Ismael in recent weeks.

Zohore has played just three times for Albion this season, coming off the bench twice in early August before starting the 6-0 Carabao Cup defeat at the hands of Arsenal.

Since joining the Black Country club, the ex-Cardiff striker has struggled to play well and even suffered numerous injuries and bouts of bad form while on loan at Millwall last season.

Phillips wouldn’t be surprised if Zohore leaves in the winter transfer window. However, the ex-striker has mooted a potential shock move for the Dane.

“I think he’ll move on [in January],” Phillips told West Brom News.

“It’s clear that he’s not in Ismael’s plans. I know he played against Arsenal in the Carabao Cup but ultimately, his future lies somewhere else.

Your guess is as good as mine as to where he goes. I think he’ll just want to go and play football, whether that’s abroad or he drops down to League One.

It wouldn’t surprise me if he ends up at a club where we think, ‘how did he end up there?’.

He might fit the profile of a team who need a physical centre-forward but from the player’s point of view, he’s been sat on the bench now for the last couple of years so I’d want to go and play football.

If that means dropping down a league, then I’d look to do that.

His future, certainly come January, will be elsewhere.”

Zohore has scored five goals in 23 appearances across all competitions for the Baggies since joining from Cardiff for £8million in 2019.

He’s the most expensive signing the club has ever made outside of the Premier League.

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