Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has been singing the praises of his teammate Calum Chambers.
The 19-year-old joined the Gunners from Southampton in the summer transfer window for a reported fee of £16 million. Chambers enjoyed a breakthrough season at the Saints in 2013-14 and arrived at the Emirates Stadium with a strong reputation.
The youngster is very promising and versatile, having the calibre to play in central defence, right-back and midfield. The teenager is still developing and learning, but he has done enough so far at Arsenal to make an impression on Szczesny.
The Poland international, who has been on the books of Arsenal since 2006, has highlighted the qualities that make Chambers a special talent.
‘It is a strange one because I would imagine that to be very successful at 19 you need to be massively confident, maybe overconfident at times’, he told Arsenal’s official website. ‘But Calum isn’t - he’s very humble, very quiet and he shows his confidence on the pitch.
'It is a massive quality because he looks very comfortable, whether you play him at right-back or centre-back. He is comfortable on the ball, he is comfortable defending and he is very strong as well. He has been a massive signing’.
Injuries in the opening weeks of the season have led to Chambers being deployed in central defence and at right-back. There are even suggestions that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger could use the former Southampton youngster in defensive midfield as the campaign progresses.
Chambers has fared quite well so far in his Arsenal career. In his seven Premier League appearances, the youngster has created three chances and has a pass accuracy of 88%.
There is a long way to go before Chambers, who is already a full England international, can establish himself as one of the best defenders in the Premier League, but he certainly seems to be on the right track.