By Pranav Shahaney

29th Dec, 2021 | 12:10pm

Kevin Phillips urges West Brom goalkeeper Alex Palmer to leave on loan

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Kevin Phillips has urged Alex Palmer to leave West Brom on loan in January.

He believes that the 25-year-old needs to get regular game time to get himself ready for next season.

Palmer, who will be the obvious choice to replace Sam Johnstone as the Baggies number one, has Phillips’ backing to do exactly that.

However, the former Hawthorns attacker gives Johnstone a small chance of staying beyond the summer.

However, that move will hinge on the club’s promotion to the Premier League.

Phillips told West Brom News, “He just needs to go and play, let’s put it that way.

“Where? Who knows? But I would say, ‘Just go and play’ and get yourself ready for next season because Sam [Johnstone] will probably leave.

“Although, if West Brom get promoted to the Premier League, he might want to stay.

“But yeah, if you’re getting to play, then go and get yourself ready for next season.

“I think the crucial thing is to just go and get minutes which is the most obvious thing.”

According to Birmingham Live, the Baggies will permit Palmer to leave until the end of the season in order to see he gets first-team minutes.

Johnstone’s future remains up in the air with a host of Premier League clubs believed to be vying for his services.

In other West Brom news, Chris Lepkowski makes shocking behind-the-scenes unrest claim at the Hawthorns

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