Having made sporadic appearances last season for Arsenal, England U21 international Callum Chambers opted to join newly promoted Premier League side Middlesbrough on a season-long loan towards the end of the transfer window.
Chambers new manager, Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka, has now vowed to send the on-loan Gunners defender back to the Emirates a better player than when he left.
The former Real Madrid coach discussed the 21-year-old when speaking with the London Evening Standard:
“I brought him here to help him because at the end of the season, the main thing is that we can stay in the Premier League and Calum can go back to Arsenal as a better player.”
“Always the marks are at the end and for that reason, I think the marks will be good because he is a good player. He is coming to help us, to put pressure on different players and as a really, really good alternative for me.”
The Boro boss went on:
“I have had a lot of experience with players who have come here and maybe they hadn’t played the games they expected to play, but after coming here they went back to their clubs having lived an amazing experience and improving.
“Sometimes it’s true that you have to play a lot of games, but sometimes players who haven’t played here went to other places and came back better players. It’s the same thing when we send players on loan.”
Having joined Arsenal in a £16 million deal from Southampton two years ago, Chambers has went onto make 59 appearances for the North London side; however, he only managed to make 12 league appearances last season.
It has been suggested that Chambers would benefit immensely from a loan move that delivers regular football, and Gooners boss Arsene Wenger was happy to loan the Englishman out following the £35 million acquisition of Shkodran Mustafi before the summer transfer shut at the end of last month. That despite the fact the centre half started the club’s opening Premier League fixture against Liverpool alongside Rob Holding.
The promising defender, having now joined Middlesbrough on loan, will be hopeful of making his debut for the club in Saturday’s match against Crystal Palace.
Steven Parkhill, Pundit Arena