After having an up-and-down season so far (although there’s admittedly been more downs than ups) Calum Chambers has spoken about how he intends to progress as a player in the coming months.
The defender has found it hard to get time in the first team and has also had to contend with quite a few injuries. It soon became clear that if the right-back was to remain in his chosen position, he might not become as successful as he probably could. As a result, the former Southampton star has been trying his hand (or foot?) in midfield.
On Monday night, Chambers played in a midfield role and actually did a sterling job. According to him, this is down to watching the more senior players in training.
“[I have been] learning from the more experienced players and watching them in games,” he said.
“I think [Mesut Ozil] has been unbelievable. He is a world class player and it is a privilege to train with him so he has been my standout player of 2015.”
Watching Ozil can only be a good thing. Even if they don’t play in exactly the same position, the German’s work ethic is admirable and all the youngsters could learn a thing or two from him. Other senior members of the squad, like Flamini, could also play a key role in Chambers’ development.