The former Baggies striker said: “They are based on good, solid organisation and say to teams ‘Come and break us down’ and try to hit them on the counter-attack. It will be a hard season but I don’t think they will be in a relegation scrap.”
So far this season, West Brom have struggled to get going, winning just one game out of six, and looking like a team who have no real direction.
Tony Pulis has continued with his desire to play defensive football, although the signings of Salomon Rondon, Rickie Lambert and James McClean over the summer were intended to bring a more attacking threat to the side.
Rondon has impressed, although the other two still look short of match fitness, and the Baggies season has been much more about defending than attacking so far.
However, Phillips - who spent two seasons at the Hawthorns as a prolific striker - does not believe they are bad enough to get relegated, or even be in a relegation scrap, with the likes of Watford, Bournemouth, Norwich, Aston Villa, Sunderland and Newcastle all expected to be fighting for survival at the end of the campaign.
Pulis has still never been relegated in his career, and even if the football is bad to watch, he certainly brings a certain level of security about results being picked.
This should be enough to keep the Midlands side in the top flight at the end of this season, and even if they have had a slow start to the campaign, it would be no surprise to see West Brom hit top form in the coming weeks.