By Joe Ellis

19th May, 2022 | 3:47pm

West Brom winger Matt Phillips not of interest to Coventry City - Andy Turner

Coventry City are not interested in signing West Brom winger Matt Phillips this summer, according to Coventry Live journalist Andy Turner.

The 31-year-old played the last five games of the season for the Baggies having suffered with injuries all season but he still managed 28 appearances throughout the campaign.

Steve Bruce though seems likely to allow him to leave in the summer as he looks to overhaul his Albion squad and the Sky Blues were thought to be one of the teams in the running to sign him.

Turner quashed those rumblings though by writing, “apart from the obvious and rather crucial fact that Mark Robins doesn’t play with wingers, there is no truth in the rumour what-so-ever.”

Similar problem

Much like the Sky Blues, West Brom don’t play wingers right now which has meant that Phillips has been forced to play out of position as a striker or even a midfielder on the occasions he has played since Bruce came in.

It is becoming a more common trend across all levels of football that now prefer wing-backs to wingers so they can pack the midfield while keeping two strikers up top at the same time.

He really needs to leave The Hawthorns now with the big overhaul coming this transfer window and at the stage he is at in his career demanding regular football every single week.

He can’t be assured that here so it’s understandable that he looks closer to the exit as we near the window opening but he needs to find the right club to join and if Coventry don’t play wingers, then that isn’t the destination for him and he needs to keep looking elsewhere to find his perfect next step.

In other West Brom news, FC Metz are the latest side to have enquired about this Baggies outcast who hasn’t played under Bruce since he joined.

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