By Rob Jarvis

17th Apr, 2022 | 10:10am

Kevin Phillips reacts as West Brom linked with free transfer move for Newcastle midfielder Sean Longstaff

We’re delighted to welcome former West Brom striker Kevin Phillips as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at The Hawthorns…

Kevin Phillips has insisted that West Brom could make a smart move by signing Newcastle midfielder Sean Longstaff this summer.

The ex-Baggies talisman admitted that the soon-to-be free agent needs to be at a club where he will play every week, mentioning The Hawthorns.

TeamTALK have reported this week that Steve Bruce is keen on a reunion with his former youngster, and will challenge Middlesbrough.

“I think he’s shown that he can play in the Premier League,” he exclusively told West Brom News.

“So there will be no doubt he would be able to perform in the Championship, and a side like West Brom could really suit him. If whoever is in charge can get them playing that silky football that has been played there over the years then he is a player who would suit that style.

“For me, I think he needs to go somewhere that suits him where he can go and play week in, week out because there’s no doubt he has the qualities and he has the experience of the Premier League.

“It would be a good move for him and the club.”

This could be a marquee signing for the Baggies over the summer.

Longstaff is part of the mega-rich Newcastle bandwagon and is all but guaranteed limited playing time at St James’ Park.

Coming to The Hawthorns where he would likely play every single week could be a real incentive as he could spearhead a Premier League push.

Sometimes it takes dropping down to progress forward in your career, and Bruce looks set to try his best to make this happen.

In other West Brom news, Steve Bruce has held talks over new Baggies signing since arriving with a work permit update shared

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