Paul Robinson believes Kieran Gibbs will be “like a new signing” for West Brom manager Slaven Bilic after a significant step in his return from injury.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Tottenham and Leeds goalkeeper says that the 30-year-old’s comeback has come at the “perfect time” for the Championship title hopefuls.
As detailed by the Baggies earlier in the week, Gibbs stepped up his recovery process by playing 45 minutes for the under-23s in their clash against Newcastle United, the Magpies running out 1-0 winners.
📋 Here’s our starting XI for today's Premier League Cup fixture against @NUFC at our training ground.
— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) February 10, 2020
While admitting that West Brom probably do not need Gibbs right now, Robinson insists his experience and quality will be a major boost to everyone at the Hawthorns now that he is back.
Robinson told Football Insider: “It’s a great addition to the squad. For someone who’s been out injured for that long, of that age, experience and quality of player, it going to be a boost to any squad.
“It’s perfect timing for West Brom, just as their form’s starting to pick up, results are coming in, Leeds look like their dropping away a little bit, they’re opening a gap at the top.
“To have a player like that coming back, it’s like a new signing that’s coming in at the right time, when you actually didn’t really need one.”
The former Arsenal man, who joined the club back in 2018, has been out of action for the last six Championship fixtures, while he has only played twice since the start of December.
The 10-cap England international has a total of 84 appearances under his belt for the Baggies, with 170 Premier League and 55 Championship games to his name.