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Why this Championship club captain could be the ideal replacement for Leicester star Maguire

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Gibson would be a perfect fit at the King Power Stadium

Leicester City will be aiming to make amends to a frustrating campaign last time out. The Foxes were far from their best last season, with just a handful of players performing well. Claude Puel will be aiming to make a strong start this time out with a win against Manchester United on the opening day.

Though the Foxes sold Riyad Mahrez to Manchester City, Claude Puel has brought in a number of new recruitments to bolster the squad ahead of the new season. Puel added the likes of James Maddison, Ricardo Pereira, Danny Ward, and Johnny Evans but it’s also essential to hold onto the club’s best player in order to keep up with the Premier League’s intense competition.

Leicester City defender Harry Maguire has been linked with a move to Manchester United for a while now. The Red Devils are reportedly ready to splash £65million on the England defender who impressed for both club and country last season.

The Foxes have stated a number of times that the former Hull City defender is not for sale, nevertheless, they are still taking look at alternatives. As a result, the club have been linked with Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson.

Ben Gibson
Ben Gibson

There’s no certainty as to whether Maguire will continue at the King Power Stadium and therefore, the safest option for Puel is to look for other players who can come in and replace the defender.

Gibson has been one of the most influential Boro players over the years. He’s their captain and the man leading the line from behind. Gibson rose through the ranks of Middlesbrough’s youth academy before being shifted to the main squad in 2010.

The centre-back enjoyed a few loan spells with other clubs before establishing himself in Boro’s first-team set-up. Gibson has made a total of 185 appearances for the club, scoring 3 goals.

A very committed defender who is rarely prone to making sloppy errors or playing sloppy passes at the back, the 25-year-old is very calm and composed on the ball.

Ben Gibson

He made a total of 51 appearances in all competitions last season, scoring 1 goal and providing 3 assists. He would be a great replacement for Harry Maguire. They both possess similar qualities.

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Gibson also possesses previous Premier League appearance with Middlesbrough, which is a huge plus point for Claude Puel. Regardless of whether Maguire leaves or not, it seems very reasonable to sign Ben Gibson.

He would provide cover and support for other defenders. His experience in English football makes him a very enticing prospect.