Sheffield United keen on signing West Brom star: What will he add to the team?

West Brom winger Matt Phillips has emerged as a target for Premier League newcomers Sheffield United, it has been reported.

The Blades are keen to bolster their attack, and Football Insider have claimed that they have made an approach to make Phillips sign above the dotted line.

Apart from Sheffield United, fellow Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion and Aston Villa are also believed to be interested in the winger.

Phillips is in the final year of his contract with the Baggies, and since there have been no progressive talks about a new contract, he might be sold this summer.

The 28-year old is currently a man in demand, and it is understood that he is keen to make a move to the Premier League. It will, therefore, be interesting to see where he plays next season.

Matt Phillips: Profile

Phillips made his breakthrough at Wycombe Wanderers, before switching to Blackpool in the summer of 2010.

He impressed for Blackpool, and after the end of the 2012-13 campaign, he was signed by Queens Park Rangers.

Ever since his move to West Brom in 2016, he has been a handy asset for his side and has put in some impressive performances in the Championship.

Last season, he managed 32 appearances for the Baggies, mustering 5 goals and 7 assists in the process.

What will Phillips add to Sheffield United?

The 28-year-old has a direct style of play, and Chris Wilder’s side will benefit from his ability to run at defences.

He has a decent pace to burn, which will cause a lot of problems as he can stretch play and wrong foot opposition defenders.

Good with his crossing as well, Phillips is an all-round winger and his experience of playing in the Premier League will also come in handy for the Blades who are returning to the top flight after a while.

Another reason why the winger would fit in well in the system is his work rate.

While he might not be a good tackler, he shows the willingness to track back when his side don’t have the ball, and that will be invaluable in the Premier League.

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