West Brom fans could’ve been forgiven for thinking they’d pulled off a real coup when they signed Germany under-21 midfielder Serge Gnabry on loan from Arsenal in the summer, but the 20-year-old has failed to make the breakthrough at the Hawthorns.
And now Baggies boss Tony Pulis has explained the reason why Gnabry has played just 12 minutes of league football this term, claiming the winger is simply not ready for regular Premier League football at the moment.
He told The Express and Star:
Serge has come here to play games but he just hasn’t been for me, at the moment, at that level to play the games.
He’s come from academy football and not played much league football. Does academy football really prepare players for league football? And we’re talking about Premier League football here.
As a manager you pick a team that’s going to win a game of football. You pick your best team, you don’t leave people out because you don’t like them, because of this, that and the other.
Gnabry’s loan deal is set to expire in January though Albion have the option to extend the deal for the remainder of the season.
The former Stuttgart player has made 10 appearances for the Gunners’ first-team, as well as several appearance in the FA an League Cup. He currently has six caps for his country at under-21 level, scoring once.