2. Calum Chambers
I have so, so much respect for Calum Chambers because if ever you needed an example of how to remain permanently positive despite overwhelming reasons to be negative, just look at this young man. He is constantly pushed to the side for new signings, or for Hector Bellerin, or for Rob Holding, yet every time he takes the pitch, you’d think he was just genuinely happy to be back out there.
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It was bad enough that Chambers was benched outright after Newcastle, our first away clean sheet ever. But the complete lack of priority he was given as we waded through the absolute crap performances of Sokratis and David Luiz as a unit was astounding. To the point that I would have completely understood if he was just like, “You know what, I’m going to go somewhere that will appreciate me.”
Not what happened. He was deployed at rightback, did tremendous, and people acted all surprised again, like he hasn’t been this good all along.
Against Leicester, he was finally returned to centerback and took home our man of the match award for doing everything in his power to keep this match close. Obviously it wasn’t enough, but on an individual level, Chambers yet again nailed it and showed that no matter what state the club is, or what state his standing in the club is, he will not be put off of playing his absolute best. And that is the kind of guy you want to build around.
No. 1 is next.