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West Brom should sign a new left-back in the January transfer window amid concerns over Kieran Gibbs, according to Kevin Phillips.

Gibbs, 31, has struggled on his return to the Premier League with the ex-Arsenal left-back getting hit with a three-match ban for his red card at Everton, a positive COVID-19 test and a recent injury that forced him out of the 5-0 defeat to Leeds.

Conor Townsend stepped up and replaced Gibbs in the left-back slot while he was suspended and the ex-Scunthorpe defender did well enough to keep hold of that spot in the starting line-up long after his more experienced team-mate was available.

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However, Townsend has been out with an injury lately and Gibbs is also struggling to find form when he does manage to play.

Former West Brom striker Phillips believes adding to that area of the squad will be on Sam Allardyce’s agenda this month.

“It’s unfortunate. When I look around at other defences in the Premier League they’re far stronger,” Phillips told West Brom News.

“I’ve said all along that I imagine Allardyce will be looking to bring a centre-half in and possibly another full-back.

“It’s an area that certainly needs to be addressed. Sam’s not daft – he’ll know that. It will just be interesting to see what sort of player will end up at the football club.”

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West Brom have conceded a ridiculous number of goals this season, especially in Allardyce’s first three home matches.

Darnell Furlong and Lee Peltier are the only natural full-backs who are available at the moment but Gibbs’ latest injury setback doesn’t appear to be too serious with him getting on the bench for the loss to Arsenal on Saturday.

Gibbs’ future is up for discussion going into January with The Athletic journalist Steve Madeley reporting a sale could be considered in order to off-load the high-earning full-back.

If that happens, a replacement must be signed but we’re yet to see any solid links between West Brom and a left-back who could walk into the starting line-up.

In other West Brom news, this ex-Premier League striker wants to join the Baggies.

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