It’s time for Middlesbrough to sell this highly-rated star

Middlesbrough have had a good season so far and, at the heart of that, has been young defender Ben Gibson.

The Englishman has been right at the centre of everything good Boro have done this season with them looking defensively sound and very rarely getting overawed by some of their more illustrious opposition.

Indeed, we’ve seen Boro immediately return to looking like an established Premier League club but with that, unfortunately for them, have come the rumours that Ben Gibson could leave.

In recent times we’ve seen the likes of Chelsea linked with the defender by The Mirror with the Teesiders reportedly putting a £35 million valuation on his head to ward off interest.

Time for Boro to sell up?

That, to be fair to Boro, has worked so far, too, but shouldn’t they actually be considering letting him go – even if it’s for slightly less than that?

On the face of it, of course, such a suggestion seems mad given how good he’s been but who’s to say that he’s going to get miles better?

Indeed, who’s to say that clubs will still be interested further down the line for the player himself?

Right now, if Boro could get around £25 million for him they should think about accepting. Aitor Karanka has shown he can use money wisely in the market and so he’d undoubtedly invest that well.

Meanwhile, Gibson gets the big move he surely wants without the risk of it passing him by.

The situation, then, mirrors that of Ryan Shawcross at Stoke who, a few years ago, was the next big English talent in defence.

He stayed at Stoke, though, and since has arguably plateaued whilst the Potters missed out on a big pay-day.

Gibson now faces the same prospect and if he and Boro want to further themselves from where they are right now, it could be time for them to go their separate ways.

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