Matt Phillips


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Matt Phillips

Current Club: West Bromwich Albion.

Previous Clubs: QPR, Blackpool, Wycombe Wanderers.

Loan Club: Sheffield United.

International: Scotland 4 caps.

Phillips career started off with a meteoric rise as he starred for England's youth teams, earning a move to Blackpool, who were then a rising force. However it has hit the buffers since then, with things at the Tangerines turning sour and a move to QPR not working out as he would have expected. Last summer's transfer to the Baggies was a chance to resurrect a once-promising career and it initially looked like it might well do so.

Once he got going, he was on fire for a short spell, using power, pace and skill to create and score goals. Unfortunately it was just a short spell and ended all too soon, as his confidence just evaporated and his form vanished completely. Then hamstring injuries curtailed his season, with no chance to recover his form. What was clear is that there is a huge difference between a confident Phillips and a Phillips lacking in confidence.

When he is lacking confidence, Phillips is a very poor winger, quite pacey, but his touch is poor, his crossing and shooting is wayward and he fails to really attack his fullback, concentrating on just sitting in front of his own full back. Even his power just seems to dry up, as he is unable to get in and challenge for aerial balls. His anticipation of balls played in from the opposite flank has gone and he will get caught ball watching.

The minute he is playing with confidence and it is a totally different player. His touch is good, his pace, power and anticipation are all working well and he attacks his fullback to create space to play the ball in. The one thing he does lack is the close control and trickery to beat a defender in tight situations. Phillips is more of a pace and power winger, that really needs space to exploit with his pace.

Defensively he is very aware for a winger, tracks back well and covers his full back most of the time. Defensively aware enough to, in my opinion, have been the kind of player that would have played at full back if he was in Spanish football.



{Profile Updated 09/06/2012}

Date of Birth: - 13th March 1991.

Height: - 6ft 1inches.

Position: - Right Midfield

Nationality: - English (but with Scottish heritage, making him eligible to play for Scotland).

Club History: - Wycombe Wanderers.

- Sheffield United.

- Blackpool.

Linked with: - Liverpool (but difficult to fully confirm at this time)

- Aston Villa

- Fulham

- Everton

- Spurs

- Southampton

- Sunderland


Estimated Market Value: - It is difficult to say with Blackpools demanding philosophy, so I expect around 4 - 7 million Pounds would be enough.

Club Career


In 1999, Phillips was spotted playing in a five-a-side tournament at the grand age of 8.

Phillips then spent 9 years in Wycombe's youth academy developing his talents until finally gaining a call up to the senior squad.

26th April 2008 - Phillips made his senior debut in the 1-0 defeat to Notts County as a second-half substitute.

3rd May 2008 - Phillips' first start came a week later in the 2-1 win over Bradford City in which he was voted man of the match.

11th May 2008 - Phillips made a further substitute appearance in the play-off semi-final home leg (a 1-1 home draw) against Stockport County.

July 2008 - Phillips signed his first professional contract with Wycombe.

10th November 2008 - Phillips scored his first goal for Wycombe in the 4-1 away win over AFC Wimbledon in the First Round of the 2008/2009 FA Cup.

6th December 2008 - Phillips' first league goal came on in the 3-2 away defeat to Aldershot Town.

Not only did he play a pivital part in Wycombe's promotions, but also picked up two individual awards for himself of the League Two Young Player of the Year and the League Two Apprentice of the Year.

Phillips then went on to make 85 league and cup appearances for Wycombe scoring 9 goals.


31st August 2009 - Blackpool signed Phillips from Wycombe for a fee believed to be around £350,000 rising depending upon appearances.

15th September 2009 - In Blackpool's first ever fixture in the Premier Reserve's League, Phillips scored on his competitive debut against West Brom at Bloomfield Road, instantly giving manager at the time (and still) Ian Holloway food for thought.

25th September 2009 - Phillips made his first team debut (10 days after his reserve's debut) against Blackburn Rovers as a second-half substitute. 3 minutes after coming on, Phillips scored his first Premier League goal and made an instant impact (all at the age of 19).

October 2011 - Blackpool decided to loan out Phillips (after being relegated to the Championship) to Sheffield United for one month. In this month, Phillips scored a remarkable 6 goals in 6 appearances and was immediatly recalled back to Blackpool.

26th December 2011 - Phillips scored a brilliant hatrick against Barnsley.

9th January 2012 - Phillips scored another hat-trick two weeks later, against Fleetwood Town in the FA Cup Third Round.

International Career:

May 2010 - Phillips was called up to the England U19 squad for the European Championship Elite Qualifying round matches.

26th May 2010 - Phillips made his international U19 debut against the Republic of Ireland.

28th May 2010 - Just two days later, Phillips scored his first international goal against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

July 2010 - Phillips was named in England's 18-man squad for the European Under-19 Championship. Phillips later on in the tournmanet went on to score a final-minute equaliser against France to send England through to the semi-finals of the tournament.

February 2011 - Phillips made his debut for the England U20's in a 2-1 loss against France.

June 2011 - Phillips was named in England's 21-man squad for the U20's World Cup. He then started all three of England's group games and the last-16 game against Nigeria.

20th February 2012 - After it was revealed that Phillips was eligible to play for Scotland, Scotland manager Craig Levein called Phillips up to the Scotland squad to face Slovenia in a friendly but unfortunately Phillips had to withdraw after suffering a hamstring injury.

Club Statistics:

Wycombe: - 85 appearances, 9 goals.

Blackpool (as of 09/06/2012): - 65 appearances, 13 goals.

Sheffield Utd: - 6 appearances, 6 goals.

General Comments:

First of all, this profile was in dyer need of updating due to the date it was posted originally (February 2012) and was my very first profile, so I had to restructure it etc.

Anyway, onto the comments. Phillips seems to be a typical English styled winger, who likes working the touchline and has the ability to cut in and strike the ball with venom. Phillips has pace and what's more skill, as he seems to have the confidence to take on all-comers, and loves creating opportunities.

I believe that recently with the play-off semi-finals etc, that Phillips received a hell of a lot of attention due to good performances and he seems to be becoming a hell of a good prospect and I believe that if he continues his progress, he could become a top top player.

Phillips seems to have a hell of a lot of strength for a young lad, and he seems to work very hard for his team when they need him most, and as I understand it Phillips has received a hell of a lot of attention from both Championship clubs, and Premier League clubs. I for one am not surprised by this, as in my opinion he is ready for the step-up to the Premier League as he needs a new challenge and a step up from the Championship. I believe he would be best off at a club such as Southampton, Sunderland etc so he can make steady progress rather than being 'thrown in the deep end' at the likes of Spurs or Liverpool. However, it could be a good option for Spurs or Liverpool to buy Phillips and then loan him back out for him to gain experience etc.

Thanks all,






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