Former West Brom striker Kevin Phillips hopes manager Slaven Bilic will be given money to allow him to strengthen his squad in January.

Phillips told Read West Brom his former club should bring in “a couple” more players in the upcoming transfer window, particularly if they find themselves in the bottom three come the new year.

But the ex-Baggies man has concerns over whether enough money will be made available to Bilic to allow him to build a squad capable of surviving in the top flight.

“If they’re still in the relegation mix come January, I’m fairly certain Bilic will want that money to reinforce his squad and add a couple more bodies to give them the opportunity to stay in the Premier League,” said Phillips.

“It remains to be seen whether it will be reinvested or not. However, there were murmurs in the summer about a restricted budget. 

“There’s going to be a lot of movement again in the January window. But I’d like to think there’s some money available,” Phillips said.

Recent arrivals having an impact

Bilic brought in reinforcements in the summer, with Karlan Grant arriving from Huddersfield. Matheus Pereira and Grady Diangana, meanwhile, joined on a permanent basis from Sporting and West Ham respectively.

And the trio have been key for the club in recent weeks. All three are off the mark in terms of goals scored.

But it has been a worrying start overall for Bilic’s side. They have yet to win a league match this season.

West Brom – problems at both ends

The Baggies have scored just six times in their seven games. Sheffield United and Burnley are the only clubs below them in the scoring charts, with three goals each.

More worrying is West Brom’s defensive frailties. The club has conceded the most goals in the competition so far with 16.

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