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West Brom blundered with Kieran Gibbs transfer

West Bromwich Albion have had plenty of transfer blunders over recent years, many of which will have contributed to their relegations and current financial predicament.

Steve Bruce was allowed just £1.21m to spend this summer, and for that, he has plenty of previous managers to thank.

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One, in particular, is Tony Pulis, whose £7m acquisition of Kieran Gibbs remains a terrible piece of business that they are still paying the price for to this day.

The full-back featured 100 times for the Baggies across his four-year spell at The Hawthorns, during which he oversaw two relegations: the first during the 2017/18 season, and the second in his final season during the 2020/21 campaign.

His average SofaScore ratings over these seasons are indicative of a player who let his side down despite having plenty of experience in comparison to his teammates.

During the season of their first relegation, he recorded a 6.78 rating, one which he somehow worsened in his second Premier League spell with the club. His 6.53 rating saw him ranked 24th out of the 30 West Brom players in the 2020/21 campaign.

He massively let his team down that season, with his particular display at Goodison Park summing up his time at the club.

The left-back was terrorised by Everton’s speed of play and was then sent off in added time of the first half, after a foolish push on James Rodriguez.

It is therefore no surprise to see him currently struggling in the MLS at just 32 years old, continuing his trend with a 6.61 SofaScore rating.

Supporters of West Brom will not be surprised to see this, as the man who came from Arsenal with high praise let them down at every turn.

It marks another poor piece of business, with a relatively significant outlay that gave little to no return.

Bruce will be frustrated that it is these missteps that have left him with a mess to clean up, and so far his shrewd business over summer seems to be backfiring as they wallow down in 21st in the Championship standings.

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