Calum Chambers: Why the loan move to Boro is integral for his development

Middlesbrough have reached an agreement with Arsenal over the transfer of Calum Chambers on a season-long loan.

The 21-year old has joined the Smoggies on loan for an undisclosed fee, with the move to Teesside materialized before the close of the transfer window.

He scored during Arsenal’s 4-3 home defeat to Liverpool on the opening day of the season, but the defender looked destined for a move away from North London following the arrivals of Rob Holding and Shkodran Mustafi.


Early life

Born on 20 January 1995 in Petersfield, Calum Chambers spent his entire youth career that spanned over a 10-year period with Southampton.

It was at his boyhood club that he gained his first team call-up as a teenager, making 22 appearances for the Saints between 2012 and 2014.

Renowned for selling homegrown players from their Center of Excellence, Chambers wasn’t any different when suitors came sniffing.

He joined Arsenal in the summer of 2014 for £16 million, making over 50 senior appearances for Arsene Wenger prior to the loan move.


Much needed game time

At a whopping £35 million, Shkodran Mustafi is Arsenal’s most expensive signing of the summer.

As such, it’s unlikely that the miserly Arsene Wenger brought his just to have the former Valencia defender on the sidelines.

Although a natural central defender himself, Chambers can efficiently operate at right-back: But can he really displace the graceful Hector Bellerin? Your guess is just as good as mine.

Essentially, the loan spell to Boro should provide him with the platform to not only register minutes under his belt, but also garner the much needed Premier League experience.


Written by Brian Humphrey

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