Kieran Gibbs has an uncertain future at West Bromwich Albion. The 31-year-old has been short of playing time this season and is out of contract in six months’ time, so a departure looks to be on the cards.

Steve Madeley of The Athletic has said that Albion could ‘secure an exit’ for Gibbs and may be on the hunt for a replacement left-back.

The England international is said to have ‘angered’ Sam Allardyce after withdrawing from Saturday’s 4-0 defeat to Arsenal due to injury, resulting in Lee Peltier being thrown into the deep end and ultimately struggling. However, whether Albion can find a suitor for him and then identify a player to come in before the winter shuts remains to be seen.

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It should not be a priority for West Brom to sign a left-back. Allardyce wants a central defender as his side have conceded 39 goals in 17 Premier League games, a midfielder to provide some physicality and a striker as the Baggies have scored only 11 times in the league.

Gibbs is already likely to leave when his contract expires in July, so might Allardyce put up with him until then? Conor Townsend should be a regular at left-back when fit, so the 31-year-old would just be backup. Meanwhile, Peltier’s iffy display against Arsenal suggests that he can’t be considered as a genuine option.