COMMENT By Emma Sanders
Calum Chambers produced a smooth performance for Middlesbrough despite their 1-0 defeat against the new league leaders Chelsea on Sunday evening.
The on-loan Arsenal defender started at centre-back in his sixth league game of the season and played well as the north-east side did their best to keep out the in-form attacking threats from Chelsea.
Chambers, who had to miss the clash against his parent club in October, was in the match-day squad for Arsenal’s opening three fixtures and started against Liverpool prior to his move to the Riverside where he has been in the side ever since his introduction against Tottenham.
The 21-year-old was rarely exposed against Diego Costa, Eden Hazard and Pedro and made a number of crucial tackles, blocks and interceptions throughout the game.
His side were resilient despite conceding and did relatively well against one of the league’s most-in form teams and Chambers certainly did his bit.
The second-half was a terrific display form the youngster and he made a crucial block in the opening seconds of the half when Pedro chased the ball which had become free following a save from Victor Vales.
The Arsenal star was given a pat on his back by the keeper and he continued to provide solidity and composure to Middlesbrough’s defence throughout the game.
Chambers has made 55 first team appearances for the Gunners but was sent out on loan following the arrival of Shkodran Mustafi in the summer so he’ll be hoping to do enough to break into the Arsenal squad as a regular next season.