Tony Pulis labels West Brom's Matt Phillips "smashing" after Austria camp

West Brom manager Tony Pulis before the game

The Baggies boss was delighted with his new signing from QPR as the club get stuck into preseason training.

West Brom manager Tony Pulis before the gameWest Brom manager Tony Pulis

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis has told the Express and Star that new signing Matt Phillips is making short work of settling in with his teammates.

The Baggies spent a week of pre-season training in Austria recently, not long after the winger completed his move to the club from QPR.

But he already knows several of the squad from international selections, and Pulis had only praise for a player Sky Sports reported as costing the club £5.5 million.

“Matty [Phillips] has been smashing and I’ve been impressed with how he has fitted in within the group,” Pulis was quoted as telling the Express and Star.

QPR's Matt Phillips celebrates scoring their first goalMatt Phillips celebrates scoring for QPR

“It’s good to see because that can sometimes take a bit of time. These trips are great because they get all the players together."

The West Brom boss has long been linked with the Scotland international, having tracked him through several windows. And there were plenty of reports last summer from the likes of the Express and Star that the Baggies would be looking to bring him back into the Premier League after the Hoops suffered relegation.

But as it turned out, Phillips remained at Loftus Road for an ill-fated but admirable attempt at helping QPR back into the top flight, while Pulis signed James McClean after his initial interest in Phillips.

QPR's Matt Phillips in action with Huddersfield's Martin CranieMatt Phillips in action with Huddersfield's Martin Cranie

Baggies fans should be excited about finally seeing the powerful 25-year-old turning out at the Hawthorns, after he demonstrated his attacking qualities in his previous spells in the Premier League. Phillips had a few sensational moments in what was a disappointing single campaign for QPR in the Premier League, also playing with Blackpool when they were in the top tier.

Having done well at clubs that ended up relegated at the end of the season, there is a good chance Phillips will benefit from turning out alongside a stronger set of teammates under Pulis, who finished last season around mid table.

West Brom manager Tony Pulis as James Chester prepares to take a throw inWest Brom manager Tony Pulis as James Chester prepares to take a throw in

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