Kieran Gibbs left Arsenal for West Brom in the summer after ten years with the Gunners. The 28 year old struggled for game time in North London but looks like he will be a big player for the Baggies but he has a lot of work to do to master Tony Pulis‘ philosophy.
Having Arsène Wenger as his manager for a decade, Gibbs’ style of play will be based around possession and attacking play. It is one extreme to the other being at West Brom, with Pulis focusing on his side being defensively organised.
One of Gibbs’ main weaknesses at Arsenal was defending so it may surprise some that he has been brought in to West Brom‘s side but Pulis is keen to develop him and use his experience to push his team to the next level.
Gibbs is aware of the challenge ahead, having said Pulis “focuses more on the opposition because we are not always going to dominate every game.”
Despite the culture change, Gibbs will see this as an opportunity to mature and improve. The left-back said “The more training I do when the opposition has the ball more, it can only improve me as a player.” And what better time to prove your worth with a World Cup coming up?