Calum Chambers says that training ground sessions to help him develop as a midfield player have benefited him greatly, and that he’s enjoying the new role in the team.
Signed as a right-back, he played most of his football there and went into the season as the fourth-choice centre-half. However, injuries in midfield saw him handed only his second ever start in that position last night, and he acquitted himself well in the 2-0 win over Bournemouth.
Speaking about playing there, Chambers said, “I’m enjoying it. The past couple of weeks I have been training in midfield and I have been getting more confidence and I felt good and it was a great result and a great game.
“We have bounced back. We didn’t get too down after the result at Southampton. We know we have a good side here and we just want to keep our confidence high and go into each game with belief and show how good we are.”
Interestingly, not long after his signing in the summer of 2014, Arsene Wenger said he believed the England man’s future lay in the centre of the park, rather than at the back.
“I believe he can play in defensive midfield and that’s where I see him,” he said. “In what I observe, he has the qualities to impose himself in this part of the team.”
Obviously there’s a long way to go before any kind of definitive judgement can be made on him in that position, but after a difficult period in his burgeoning career, it looks as if he’s on the right track, and his versatility may well prove useful as the season progresses.