Newcastle United are set to make a loan move for Burnley defender Ben Gibson, according to TEAMtalk.
The clubs were only two places and five points apart last season and are likely to rival each other in a similar way this time around, as neither Burnley or Newcastle have made any groundbreaking signings this summer.
So Burnley could be wary of lending a player to a direct competitor, though Norwich City, Aston Villa, Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday are the other sides who want to bring him in.
TEAMtalk report that while Burnley would prefer to sell the 26-year-old outright, they are willing to sanction a loan.
Gibson became a forgotten man at Burnley last season, as he only managed five games in all competitions, with the most recent of those coming in January.
However, Gibson’s most recent Premier League experience before that, which came at Middlesbrough in the 2016/17 campaign shows what he can be capable of.
He started 38 times that year, making 0.8 tackles, 1.5 interceptions, 6.2 clearances and 0.8 blocks per match – while this wasn’t enough to keep Middlesbrough up, it did help get him noticed (stats via WhoScored).
He would likely be in a similar set up to the one he faced at Middlesbrough at Newcastle, playing defensively sound football, as Sheffield Wednesday kept nine clean sheets in Steve Bruce’s 18 games as manager, conceding less than a goal a game.
If Newcastle were to secure the signing of Gibson, it could be a very good move for the club’s defensive structure next season.
He may not have had the best time at Burnley, but a bad spell doesn’t make a bad player and his work at Middlesbrough shows he is a competent defender.
This could be an especially important signing if Schar or Fernandez eventually leave for Milan this summer.
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