Arsenal loanee Calum Chambers has been earning praise after his impressive spell at Fulham, where the youngster has excelled despite the club’s up and down form.
Fulham – 19th – have had a tough start to life in the Premier League with bad form, goal scoring woes and a managerial sacking all plaguing the West London club.
However, Fulham (and Arsenal for that matter) can take heart in the performances of Chambers who, when called upon has proved himself under new boss Claudio Ranieri.
With 16 appearances under his belt this season the former Southampton man has really come to life under new boss Claudio Ranieri.
Able to play at right-back, centre-back and even in defensive midfield the player has been Ranieri’s Swiss-army knife as the side battle to survive the drop.
Winning 87 duels, 34 aerial battles and 24 headed clearances this term, the promising right-back Arsenal signed in 2014 has successfully transitioned himself to a culpable modern day centre-back.
But it was during Fulham’s 2-1 loss to Tottenham that Chambers shocked Arsenal fans as the player was deployed in defensive midfield. A gamble by Ranieri, but one that paid off as Chambers managed to perform excellently and mark out Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen.
Despite Arsenal fans feeling positive after their 2-0 against Chelsea, the Gunners still remain fragile defensively.
With Laurent Koscienly’s best days behind him, Shkodran Mustafi seeming incapable of defending and Hector Bellerin out for the rest of the season, Chambers’s return to Arsenal’s defence would help patch their vulnerable defence.
Who knows what the future has for Arsenal boss Unai Emery, but the prospect of having a defence of Rob Holding, Konstantinos Mavropanos and Callum Chambers is a mouthwatering one.