Premier League clubs are on the hunt for Middlesbrough captain Ben Gibson. The central defender is on the wish list of four Premier League clubs. But would he benefit from a move to England’s top-flight?
Everton, Leicester City, Southampton and West Ham are all interested in his services but Boro boss Tony Pulis must be keen to retain his services beyond the end of the summer.
Gibson came through Middlesbrough’s youth system and has made 185 league appearances for the club. He has even endured loan deals with the likes of Plymouth, York and Tranmere.
The 25-year-old has been an integral part of Middlesbrough for five seasons now. The player likes to hold onto the ball he doesn’t dive into tackles. But the left-footed defender might be on the verge of an exit since Pulis will find it tough to reject good bids.
Making a move to the Premier League could either jeopardize his career or provide a boost. However, the defender must bear in mind that the English top-flight is a minefield for bruising careers.
That said, if he joins a team that can guarantee regular first-team action, Gibson will not have much to worry about. But provided a deal does not work out, the player will continue enjoying life at Middlesbrough.
Boro must fight to secure a playoff spot next season and Gibson will undoubtedly play a key role in their quest to do so.
After all, he has spent a good majority of his professional career with Middlesbrough. While the prospect of moving to the Premier League will sound tantalising, Gibson must be smart about his decision.
Furthermore, Gibson was born in a small town called Nunthorpe, which is in Middlesbrough. Having spent all his life on that side of England, the centre-back will require a good amount of persuasion to even consider leaving Boro at a time like this.
Would Gibson be a good signing for a Premier League side? Or should he continue playing at a club like Middlesbrough?