Speaking to the Birmingham Mail, Tony Pulis has explained why Arsenal youngster Gnabry has hardly played this season, after signing for West Brom on a loan deal.
Pulis said: “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.”
Gnabry arrived at West Brom over the summer on loan from Arsenal with a lot of expectation placed upon his head, but he has made just one league appearance so far for the Baggies.
The 20-year-old winger had played 18 times for Arsenal’s first-team prior to his switch to the Hawthorns, and it was expected that that his move to West Brom would guarantee the youngster consistent Premier League football to aid his development.
However, he has found himself out of Pulis’ plans, playing just three games in all, and only once in the league, playing 12 minutes in the 3-2 loss to Chelsea.
Gnabry has been relegated to the Under-21 side, and although he is playing well at youth level, Pulis does not believe he has yet done enough to show he is ready to turn out in the top flight.
A move for Gnabry made a lot of sense for all parties involved at the start of the season, but as the weeks progress, it appears as if the youngster would have been better spent staying with the Gunners this term.