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Kieran Gibbs says young footballers are allowed to express themselves much more as ‘individuals’

‘Players are no longer robots’: Kieran Gibbs says young footballers are allowed to express themselves much more as ‘individuals’ compared to when the former Arsenal hopeful was coming through

  • Kieran Gibbs says today’s young players are allowed to be less ‘robotic’ 
  • The 30-year-old was once touted as next Ashley Cole while at Arsenal
  • The left-back says there is more freedom for players to express themselves now 
  • Gibbs praised boss Slaven Bilic’s approach and likened it to Arsene Wenger’s 

It’s hard to believe that Kieran Gibbs is approaching his 31st birthday. Once touted as the next Ashley Cole, he was one of Arsene Wenger’s exciting prospects at Arsenal and won 10 England caps before joining West Brom in 2017.

His first season at The Hawthorns ended in relegation when Albion went through four managers — Tony Pulis, Gary Megson, Alan Pardew and Darren Moore — but yo-yo clubs always bounce back and The Baggies are in the Premier League again, starting against Leicester City today.

Age and experience would make Gibbs a natural source of advice for…