Middlesbrough fans were all gutted over the summer when Burnley forked out their record transfer fee to bring Ben Gibson to Turf Moor. However, just months later and the defender is supposedly being allowed to leave on-loan, with Aston Villa interested. However, they’d love nothing more than to hijack the Villains move for their former star.
SKY SOURCES: Aston Villa make offer to Burnley to sign Ben Gibson on loan with a view to a permanent deal. #SSN
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) January 29, 2019
The stories surrounding Ben Gibson have come from Sky Sports News and they’ve riled up a few Boro fans who have been calling for their club to intervene in this loan deal to stop the defender from ending up at one of their Championship rivals. Gibson appeared in every single Premier League game for Boro when they were in the top-flight, and he was one of their standout players before being sold.
In the 26-year-old’s second spell in the Premier League, though, he’s failed to hit the same heights and has been left out by Sean Dyche on all but five occasions, although injury has played some part in that. It looks like Dyche just doesn’t rate the ex-Boro man enough to instate him as one of his starting defenders ahead of Ben Mee or James Tarkowski, and with a loan move on the cards, the Boro fans will be desperate to make sure he ends up back at The Riverside instead of Villa Park.
You can read the Teesider’s verdict on Gibson’s impending move here:
Have a word @Boro
— will tyerman (@will_tyerman) January 29, 2019
Would be painful to see Gibbo in a villa shirt
— David Roberts (@davidrobertsss) January 29, 2019
If he goes there he’s making his own bed ….
— phil barker (@philbarker29) January 29, 2019
So leaving for better things from @Boro didn't work but I would have him back
— parker (@DrivewaysRjl) January 29, 2019
@AnthonyCarling rather him come back here
— Anthony Thompson (@aptbull4) January 29, 2019
FFS come on Boro bring him home
— Ian Bell (@IanThomasBell) January 29, 2019
Middlesbrough fans would love to see Pulis bring Gibson home although at the moment that looks like it may be a tough ask with Villa leading the way.
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