Calum Chambers

The Loan Report

After arriving at Arsenal in 2014 for an undisclosed fee thought to be in the region of £16m with performance related add ons, the ex-Southampton man was destined for great things.

Chambers had started off well playing at right back and his performances saw him nominated for the Golden Boy award 2014. However, come the second half of the season and some poor displays plus the emergence of Hector Bellerin, he found his playing time limited. That first season saw him start 28 matches and 8 as a substitute in all competitions.

Calum’s second season at the club saw him appear less, starting only 9 games and 13 substitute appearances. It seemed that Chambers progression had stalled. Some of this certainly seemed to be because of Bellerin, who had now established himself as the club’s number one right back.

A loan move seemed a good option and this season Calum Chambers was loaned out to Middlesbrough.

Chambers has played in 21 matches so far this season and even scored a goal. Currently the Englishman is out injured with a stress fracture to his foot. Having picked up the injury in January, he returned to play against Tottenham at the start of February only for the same problem to come back. It remains to be seen how long the youngster will be out until. But it looks like a return in April is pencilled in.

Chambers has mostly been deployed as centre back for Boro, although has played four times at right back. He has won 2.6 of his aerial duels per game with a passing accuracy of 79.3%.

He certainly has played well so far this season for Middlesbrough, becoming an important player for their team. He seems to be improving game by game, so news of his injury will be disappointing.

Chambers is extremely strong in the air and has been ensuring Middlesbrough are playing off the front foot. Chambers looks more confident which has come down to playing regular games, week in, week out.

He may not be the quickest defenders and still seems a little too easy to knock of the ball, but the strength will come in time. On the ball however, Chambers is very calm and composed.

The question is, does he have the potential to become an Arsenal regular. At 22 he certainly has time on his side, however Arsenal currently have Laurent Koscielny, Shkodran Mustafi, Gabriel and Rob Holding ahead of him, as well as Per Mertesaker.

Mertesaker is of course nearing the end of his career, despite signing a new one year contract, and there are still question marks over Gabriel. But that still leaves Koscielny, Mustafi and Holding in front of Chambers.

Chambers will definitely be in the first team squad but his chances of playing regularly look slim. For Arsenal he is a good squad player who can play in a number of positions, and he is English.

However it remains to be seen if Chambers would be happy with being a bit part player. I like Calum Chambers, he is a young player with plenty of potential, but I fear he just hasn’t got enough to oust the current centre backs in front of him.

Arsenal may look to loan him out again next season to ensure he has plenty of game time and see how he continues to progress.

Chambers is another Arsenal player who has a lot to prove.