Arsenal full-back, Kieran Gibbs, after being a loyal servant at the Emirates since 2008 is being rumoured to be contemplating a move away from the North London Club. Tony Pulis is apparently eyeing to snatch the service of the full-back whose contract is set for expiry in the summer next season.
Although once a first choice in the team sheet for the Gunners, the Englishman has found himself mostly on the bench this season. Having 1 year left on his contract the club officials would be looking to cash-in on the 27-year-old.
Let’s take a look at the stats of the Englishman and evaluate what he could contribute to West Brom.
Gibbs made a total of 22 appearances for the Gunners in all competitions in the past season having 1 assist to his name.
Although having very little to do in the past season, the Englishman boasts a stunning overall performance with Arsenal where the 27-year-old had adorned the red and white jersey for a stunning 137 times.
In his total service at the North London club, the Englishman has scored 2 goals and made 8 assists for his club.
Having an overall tackle success rate of 69% and making a total of 257 interceptions, the full back boasts of consistency, calmness and composure at the back.
Out of his total 137 appearances, Arsenal have only gone on to lose 21 of them, showcasing the impact the player has on the field.
Lethal while going up the pitch and also steaming down to thwart opponent’s attack, he is truly a valuable addition to any club.
Stats Courtesy: Squawka
What’ll he bring to the Club?
Being a player of only 27 years of age, Gibbs is at the zenith of his prime footballing years and if utilised properly would be an amazing fullback for West Brom. Seeing the player’s tackle success rate and intercepting skills he would be a nightmare to any forward or attacking wingbacks.
Pulis is known for his affinity towards solid full backs who are acquainted more with the art of defending than going forward and Gibb’s qualities are sure to impress the Welshman.
West Brom had seen many mistakes being committed at the back which has led to their more than half a century of goals conceded at the back.
Having Gibbs would surely rejuvenate the left flank and help in thwarting early crosses and run-in of wingers, which has been mostly the case this season.
A transfer certainly to boost the Magpies in the top half, maybe!