Danny Mills believes that the return to fitness of Kieran Gibbs is a boost to West Bromwich Albion’s chances of clinching automatic promotion to the Premier League.
West Brom are at the top of the Championship table at the moment with 59 points from 31 matches.
Slaven Bilic’s side are three points clear of second-placed Leeds United, who have played 32 games and drew with Brentford on Tuesday evening.
Gibbs has had injury issues this season and has been able to make only 10 appearances in the Championship for the Baggies, scoring one goal and providing one assist in the process.
During the 2018-19 campaign, the 30-year-old former Arsenal left-back made 37 starts and one substitute appearance in the league for West Brom, scoring four goals and laying on four others.
Earlier this week, Gibbs started for the West Brom Under-23 side against their Newcastle United counterparts in the Premier League Cup.
With Gibbs looking set for a return to the first team in the final months of the campaign, former Leeds United right-back Mills believes that it is a big boost to West Brom’s chances of winning automatic promotion.
“A player with great experience, clearly great quality as well and he’s one of those that gets back fit, adds experience and quality,” Mills told Football Insider.
“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.”
West Brom are in action on Wednesday evening when they take on Reading away from home at the Madejski Stadium in the Championship.
The Baggies will head into the match on the back of a 2-0 victory over Millwall at The Den.