The future of Kieran Gibbs at West Brom seems rather unlikely with Sam Allardyce at the helm, according to emerging reports…
Reliable Baggies reporter, Steve Madeley of The Athletic, claimed earlier this week that the 31-year-old’s recent pre-game withdrawal had angered the new Albion boss to the extent of potentially offloading him this month.
He wrote in a recent column:
“An absence of leadership has been evident and Albion may also be in the market for a left-back if they can secure an exit for Kieran Gibbs. The player’s withdrawal with a thigh strain during the warm-up for the 5-0 defeat by Leeds, exposing the untested Lee Peltier at short notice, is understood to have angered Allardyce.”
Gibbs has been at the club since 2017 when Tony Pulis secured the former Gunners full-back from Arsenal for £7m. He’s thought to be on around £55k-per-week, which makes him their second-highest earner.
Despite looking rather unfair on the face of it, perhaps Allardyce is actually onto something here.
The Premier League veteran was usurped by Conor Towsend before he picked up a lengthy injury and that’s rather damning as it was only three years ago that he was competing in League One.
It also speaks volumes that Gibbs ranks out as the worst player on WhoScored, being graded a 6.11. No player who has started three or more matches has managed a worse rating.
He is simply not justifying that massive wage whatsoever.
That £7m signing has turned out to cost Albion a total just over £16.5m and overall, it’s hard to say that it has turned out to be a great move.
Gibbs has absolutely ransacked Guochuan Lai’s pockets, though the only thing on his side this month is the fact that Allardyce is short on options in the role and additions of a centre-back and a striker are more pressing needs.
AND in other news, West Brom target could become their next Youssouf Mulumbu…