The midweek Premiership Player Profile turns its focus to Birmingham City striker Kevin Phillips after gavh featured Jack Collison earlier this week.
Our attentions turn to an England International in Kevin Phillips who currently plays for Premier League side, Birmingham City.
Having started his youth career at Southampton, it was not until at Watford that Phillips had established himself as a striker who can bag a handful of goals.
25 goals in 63 games for the Vicarage Road club and the striker was signed by Sunderland, in which his career began to blossom.
Phillips in action for his current club, Birmingham City.
At the Stadium of Light, fans saw an amazing return of goals by the former Watford man, as he completed a remarkable debut season with 35 goals in 48 appearances, including 31 goals in the league.
The 36 year old forward proved that his debut season with Sunderland wasn’t a fluke as the following season, he scored 25 in 36 including 4 goals in a game against Bury which secured promotion for the Mackems.
Phillips’ performances and goalscoring record for Sunderland was perfect as the striker was called up to the England team in 1999.
With promotion to the Premier League, questions arised as to whether Phillips could maintain his goalscoring in the highest tier of English football.
The Sunderland man answered his critics by scoring a stunning 30 goals in 38 appearances for the club.
However, as seasons progressed, the England striker suffered a dip in form and a repeat of his first season in the Premier League didn’t look on the cards. With the Black Cats’ relegation from the League, the Hertfordshire man transferred back to where it all started, Southampton.
Phillips in action against his former club Sunderland.
The England striker spent two seasons at St. Mary’s before transferring to Aston Villa where he only featured for one season.
A move to West Bromwich Albion then proved to be a great move for Phillips as he produced brilliant moments for WBA, with a particular highlight being the 24 goals he scored in 38 games.
The former Villa man however decided to move to Birmingham City, which is where he currently plays his football. In the 2009/2010 season, Phillips has featured mainly as a substitute with Cameron Jerome and Christian Benitez usually getting the nod, but Phillips has once again proved his worth by coming off the bench and scoring goals for the club in a season in which they have been fantastic, including a comeback against rivals Wolves where the 36 year old scored 2 goals in the last 10 minutes.
Phillips currently has five goals to his name this season.
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