Last season young Arsenal defender Calum Chambers found himself loaned out to Middlesbrough, who were eventually relegated from the Premier League.
The young defender was one of Boro’s most consistent players though and the north east side’s defensive record was not the problem. They went down because they were toothless in attack. Chambers and Ben Gibson formed a very good centre-back pair.
Chambers made 24 appearances for Boro, despite being injured for some of the campaign. His performances suggest that the 22-year-old is now ready to play regular first team football in the top-flight.
A fight on his hands to play minutes at Arsenal
Chambers left the club last season because of the sheer amount of competition for places in the Gunners defence. The Gunners had other centre-back options in Laurent Koscielny, Shkodran Mustafi, Per Mertesacker, Gabriel Paulista and Rob Holding.
The young defender decided to go out on loan and gain some first team football, which commendable. The decision proved a fruitful one, as Chambers show just how good a player he is in the north east.
However, there has been no change in those centre-back options. Even if the Gunners play three at the back. New signing Sead Kolasinac and Spanish full-back Nacho Monreal can also play in the centre of defence.
Chambers’ hopes of playing first team football next season do not look particularly bright at the moment.
Chambers is in-demand this summer
Due to his displays last season and his potential, Chambers is in-demand this summer. He is currently odds of 5/2 to return to his former club Southampton before the transfer window shuts.
However, Everton, Newcastle and West Ham have also been linked with moves for the England under-21 international.
Player is likely to decide
With the amount of competition for places at centre-back and right-back Hector Bellerin reportedly not for sale, Calum Chambers may need to move on this summer in order to play first-team football next season.
I do believe that if Chambers asks to move on, then Arsenal will sell the youngster. He is a player with potential, but at the moment he is stuck between a rock and a hard place. It looks likely that he will become a very good player in the future.
However, lack of first team football will only stunt his growth as a player. He doesn’t look like he is going to be a first choice defender at Arsenal next season, so I suspect that the youngster may well decide to move on this summer.
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