Upon the signing of his new contract, West Brom manager Valerien Ismael praised Phillips for his versatility and described him as a player that the Baggies “need”.
Did Phillips deserve a new contract?
And it is a sentiment shared by Hatfield, though he has admitted that he was surprised by the length of his new deal.
Speaking to TIF about Phillips, the West Brom journalist said:
“He’s very important for Albion. Fans may not have been delighted to see such a lengthy deal handed out to the player. It may have been a slight surprise, but I wasn’t surprised to see him handed a new deal.
“The length of it maybe shocked me a little bit, but he is an important player for Albion. He can play in a multitude of positions.”
As per Transfermarkt, Phillips has played on the right, on the left and just behind the striker in his career.
In West Brom’s pre-season, Ismael even used the 30-year-old as an actual striker, so he is indeed a very versatile player. It makes it no surprise that the new Baggies boss wanted to keep him around the club.