Championship

Profit Players: Kieran Gibbs

Profit Players: Kieran Gibbs

West Brom supporters have been in fine voice in the last week or so after seeing their side head into the international break off the back of an emphatic Championship victory.

Darren Moore’s men went into their encounter with table-toppers Leeds United under a bit of pressure after failing to win any of their four games prior to that, drawing once and losing the other three to fall out of the play-off places. Yet the Baggies returned to winning ways in fine fashion last time out as goals from Hal Robson-Kanu, Matt Phillips, Harvey Barnes, and Dwight Gayle inspired the hosts to a 4-1 win at the Hawthorns, thus moving them up to fifth place in the Championship table.

Thus, there have been many thrilled West Brom fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom have been heaping praise on the efforts of left back Kieran Gibbs this term, what with the England international proving to be something of a mainstay in Moore’s team.

And it is former manager Tony Pulis whom the current Baggies chief has to thank for equipping him with a West Brom lynchpin, having signed the defender from Premier League giants Arsenal for just £6.75 million (as per Transfermarkt) last year.

Ultimately, things were going stale for the 29-year-old at the Emirates Stadium given he managed just 11 Premier League appearances under Arsene Wenger in the 2016/17 season, with the resurgence of fellow left back Nacho Monreal all but ending his time at the North London giants.

And it was Pulis’ West Brom, fresh from a tenth place finish under the now-Middlesbrough boss the season before, who pulled off something of a masterstroke in luring him to the Hawthorns for just £6.75 million – a move which Moore is now very much reaping the rewards from.

Yes, Gibbs wasn’t able to inspire the Baggies to Premier League safety last term, but the 29-year-old was one of a few bright sparks in an otherwise disastrous campaign for the Midlands outfit, missing just two of their top-flight matches following his move from Arsenal late on in the summer window.

And the Englishman has started this term strongly as well in starting 14 of their 17 Championship matches to help the Baggies to an impressive start to the campaign, in which time the left back, who has also excelled as a wing back, has scored twice and laid on three assists.

Thus, it seems as though Gibbs will play a key part in what success West Brom have under Moore this term, and given he was playing at Arsenal little over 12 months ago, he’s a player many expect to shine in the Championship – he’s certainly done that so far.

And Moore certainly has ex-boss Pulis to thank for equipping him with a West Brom lynchpin – and for just £6.75 million, it’s looking more and more like a Baggies masterstroke.

West Brom fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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