Former West Bromwich Albion striker Kevin Phillips has drawn comparisons between the promotion spirit of 2020 and the team he played with back in 2007 when they were promoted as champions.
In an interview with the Express & Star, Phillips claims the team spirit is evident and the senior players are playing a starring role in helping the squad achieve their ultimate aim this season.
Phillips scored 24 goals during West Brom’s promotion winning campaign in 2006/07 when they won the title under manager Tony Mowbray. He won the Championship Player of the Year and also featured in Team of the Year due to his impressive form.
The striker has a great record of winning promotion with a whole host of clubs and he claims that a ‘winning team spirit’ is vital. “If you going to win promotion you have to have a strong team spirit,” the retired striker said.
“You obviously have to have quality too. I was lucky to play alongside some fantastic players and Albion have some fantastic players now.”
“But it’s no good having quality individuals if you don’t have a strong team spirit – without that togetherness you won’t get over the line. “You can see on the pitch Albion have that togetherness – it’s there.”
“And I think what helps is that the squad is very well balanced with senior and younger players. You need a dressing room that is together and can police itself,” he continued.
“But Chris Brunt is there, he can police it. Jake Livermore will police it. James Morrison is still at the club. He will police it. Those players will make sure the dressing room is a really strong unit.”
West Brom have got the balance just right this season with the combination of experienced senior pros as well as the creativity and youth of the likes of Pereira and Krovinovic.