Gibbs - Pulis Sold West Brom To Me
Kieran Gibbs as admitted that as soon as he found out that there were a 'few things not quite right' right with his expected move to Watford from Arsenal, West Bromwich Albion and Tony Pulis were the obvious choice.
The 28 year old was close to joining Watford last window, after West Brom failed in their offer, but as things transpired, he made the move to The Hawthorns for a reduced fee late on, and speaking to the Birmingham Mail Gibbs said of his late move.
'I think a fee had been agreed. Over the next couple of days, if there hadn`t been any issues, it looked likely I would have signed for them. I`m still not quite sure what really happened. My agent just came to me and said there were a few things not quite right.'
Gibbs went on to say.
''How do you feel about West Brom and Tony Pulis?' I was interested and just weighed up a few things with friends and family. I thought at the time that this move would be right for me.'
One thing that seemed to play in our favour was that Gibbs knew a move to Watford would've been confident and convenient as well and he felt like he needed a real change after spending a decade at Arsenal.
'The Watford training ground is literally right next door. It would have been more convenient, but I don`t think it would have been the change that I needed completely. In terms of even things like route to work. Moving from home where I can get my head down and focus can only help me. That definitely played a part. So I thought why not.'
With a fee of £5 to £7million final deal speculated in the media, if it's £5million, our original offer that failed was believed to be twice that and Gibbs explained that having spoke to Pulis and the assurances he received along with the gaffer's plan for him, it basically sealed the deal.
'I spoke to him probably about 12 hours after I heard they were interested. After speaking to him I felt even more comfortable about coming here. Having that conversation with him and just tying up a few things that I would have spoke to any manager about before signing. Medically as well and just how I was going to be managed around the team. That he agreed what I asked for showing he wanted me. Because he was prepared to give me a few things I asked for gave me the confidence to come up and meet him.'
He also told wba.co.uk that he was relishing the return to full fitness of Nacer Chadli and Oliver Burke.
Both players are now back in full training ahead of football's return and the trip to Leicester City on October 16, and Gbbs expects both to be firing on all cylinders by then.
'In terms of personnel there's a lot of quality in the squad, especially people like Oliver Burke. I've seen him in training. He looks an incredibly dangerous player but he's been injured. To add to that we've got Chadli coming back as well. Everyone knows what they can offer. We've got a well-balanced team that won't need long to click. What we can achieve with this group is up to us.'
As for his own fitness, he added.
'I'm definitely getting fitter. I only got 45 minutes in pre-season so where we are now is really the end of my pre-season. I was training but I wasn't playing any games. I felt that the Watford fixture was when I got up to match speed. When I feel at my fittest is when I can judge myself but I think I've started okay. I just want to get the first win under my belt now!'