West Brom will once again consider letting Kieran Gibbs leave The Hawthorns in January in order to free up some of the wage bill, according to The Athletic journalist Steve Madeley.
Writing on The Athletic’s website, Madeley reported that Gibbs, 31, is “among Albion’s highest earners” and Slaven Bilic was ready to sell the former Arsenal left-back in the last transfer window.
However, the West Brom defender failed to attract any buyers and attempts could be made to shift him on again in the upcoming January window.
If Gibbs goes, replacement must be signed
Gibbs has had a stop-start return to life in the Premier League with West Brom.
A large part of that was his own fault for his stupid red card in the 5-2 defeat at Everton because even once he returned from his three-match ban, Bilic left him out of the side and favoured Conor Townsend.
Townsend has been West Brom’s best left-back over the course of the season but is currently sidelined with an injury, which has allowed Gibbs, who’s also tested for COVID-19 this term, to come back into the side and start the last two matches.
According to stats by Wyscout, Gibbs has averaged 6.36 interceptions, 4.95 recoveries and 2.83 clearances per 90 minutes of Premier League football this season. He’s also won 56.5 per cent of defensive duels, completed just one cross and two dribbles.
While his defensive numbers look fine, Gibbs has not done a lot going forward.
That is very much down to just how poor West Brom have been this season and how they have shown very little in attack. However, a player of Gibbs’ experience in the Premier League should be doing better than Townsend, who made his top-flight debut this term.
If Gibbs goes, someone else will have to come in to replace him.
Chopping and changing the squad in January isn’t ideal but if it means the position gets an upgrade and some funds are freed up then that’s great.
However, finding a buyer for an ageing, injury-prone player who’s not in good form will prove tricky.
We’d be surprised if Gibbs leaves us next month.
In other West Brom news, Albion have been tipped to sign three new players in the January transfer window.