Read West Brom have suggested on more than one occasion that West Bromwich Albion should part company with Matt Phillips as he’s had a disappointing campaign due to poor form and fitness.

Steve Bruce is planning to tweak the tactics to allow his wingers to shine next season, however, so he’ll likely be retained. But is that a good decision given what we’ve seen from the 31-year-old in recent years?

Phillips scored just three goals with two assists from 28 Championship games this campaign – only one goal more than Kyle Bartley and two assists fewer than Darnell Furlong.

The 31-year-old is fifth in West Brom’s squad for accurate crosses (one every 112 mins) and sixth for chances created (one every 68 mins), so the majority of the team are more productive offensively. And with Phillips being sixth in the side for shots on target (9), the majority of the team boast a greater scoring threat than him too.

But the 31-year-old is second for most successful dribbles (one every 62.6 mins), so he brings something to the side that others don’t. Sadly, he hasn’t had an end product which is why Albion were 17th in the Championship for goals (52) this season.

The fact the Baggies trying to sign Jed Wallace suggests Bruce isn’t happy with his current options, so Phillips and others have a lot to prove next season. The 31-year-old hit double figures for goals and assists in 2018/19 (11 G+A) and 2019/20 (12 G+A), so he has shone in the past.

Can he do so again?

In other news, next season is last-chance saloon for Grady Diangana at West Bromwich Albion