Danny Mills insists that West Brom defender Kieran Gibbs has a big part to play for the Baggies after he stepped up his return from injury.
The former Leeds and England full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that a player of the 30-year-old’s quality and experience is going to be crucial during the second half of the season.
The former Arsenal man started and played the first 45 minutes against Newcastle United’s under-23s on Monday, the Baggies suffering a 1-0 defeat at their training ground.
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Mills says that having Gibbs back and available is excellent news for Bilic as he looks to cement the club’s table-topping position and take them back to the Premier League.
Reacting to the full-back’s return, Mills told Football Insider: “A player with great experience, clearly great quality as well and he’s one of those that gets back fit, adds experience and quality.
“That’s vital at this stage of the season. Being able to perform under pressure, when expectations are incredibly high, is not easy at times. That’s certainly what you need.”
Gibbs, who joined the Baggies from Arsenal back in 2017, has struggled for fitness this season, with just 10 Championship appearances under his belt so far under Bilic.
His last appearance came in the 1-1 draw with Leeds on New Year’s Day, with just two outings under his belt in the club’s last 11 fixtures.
In other West Brom news, Mills has warned one Baggies ace about a prospective transfer away from the Hawthorns in summer.