On Sunday night, the Daily Mail reported that Arsenal defender Calum Chambers was set to undergo a medical on Monday ahead of a proposed season-long loan move to Fulham.
A composed, ball-playing defender with copious Premier League experience and vast positional flexibility, the 23-year-old Englishman is the perfect player for Slavisa Jokanovic’s side.
Fulham have found themselves in a defensive crisis of sorts, with star signing Alfie Mawson ruled out until September, centre-back Denis Odoi suspended, and with last season’s key performers Tomas Kalas and Ryan Fredericks having departed Craven Cottage.
The need to acquire more defensive reinforcements is vital, exacerbated by a shaky backline performance against Celta Vigo during Fulham’s final preseason friendly.
And the proposed loan signing of Chambers represents an ideal addition to the Whites’ depleted defence.
Chambers broke onto the scene as a youngster with Southampton, making his league debut as an 18-year-old in 2013.
After one full professional season at St. Mary’s where Chambers played mainly as a right back, he made a £16 million switch to Arsenal.
At the Emirates, Chambers quickly became a favourite of Arsene Wenger and made 23 appearances in his debut season, mainly as a right back but also featuring in defensive midfield and centre-back.
In the 15/16 campaign the Englishman found opportunities harder to come by, playing just 12 times in the Premier League, mainly as a holding midfielder or centre-back.
Next came a loan at Middlesbrough where he played consistently as a centre-back, before returning to Arsenal where he missed much of last season with injury.
In all, Chambers has racked up 94 Premier League appearances, as well as eight in the Champions League and eight in the Europa League.
A player who is extremely comfortable with the ball at his feet, Chambers was molded in Wenger’s possession-based style and would fit in seamlessly with Jokanovic’s philosophy.
A strong, technically-minded, and versatile player who can feature across the back four and in defensive midfield, Calum Chambers is the ideal transfer that checks all of Fulham’s boxes ahead of their return to the Premier League.