Middlesbrough’s central defender, Ben Gibson has been linked with a move to Arsenal so we take a look to see what he could bring to the squad.
Ben Gibson has started his career at Middlesbrough from the youth ranks, and after three seasons spent on loan, he became a part of the senior squad at Riverside Stadium.
The 24-year-old has made a total of 153 appearances for the club. Last season alone he played 41 games and managed to score one goal and assist another.
For a defender just over 6″ in height, he tends to lose too many aerial duels and on average wins just 51.72% per-game.
He also makes very few tackles, less than 1 per-game but on a more positive note, he makes even fewer fouls – just 0.5 per-game – as he doesn’t have a tendency to dive into tackles and will try to dispossess his opponents in a more subtle way.
These are the only two parts of his style that need a bit more work. Gibson also lacks the much needed experience that comes with bigger teams to make significant improvement.
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