Calum Chambers' career at Arsenal has stuttered in recent months. An impressive start following his arrival in the summer of 2014 had many thinking the Gunners had secured the services of one of England's hottest prospects.
However, his form has since dipped and first-team opportunities have been hard to come by for the youngster.
Against Bournemouth on Monday, Chambers made only his second start of the season as he deputised in the heart of midfield in Mathieu Flamini's absence.
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The youngster took a while to settle himself but soon began to show some real promise as proceedings wore on, demonstrating characteristics that suggest his future may well lie in midfield.
Prior to his move, Chambers was often deployed as a full-back at Southampton and played the role well.
However, his appearances out wide for the Gunners have flattered to deceive and it is quite clear Arsene Wenger does not see his future on the right-hand side of his defence.
Physically he is not suited to the position - in the modern game, pace is a determining factor in wide positions and one that Chambers does not possess.
As a central defender, on the other hand, his potential is far greater. The Englishman's height and strength come into play at the heart of defence, while his composure on the ball is a vital trait for the modern day centre-half - just look at Everton's John Stones.
Similarly to full-back, though, it seems the 20-year-old isn't tailored to the role. The attacking instincts instilled within him from his days on the right mean he is often caught out of position and has frequent lapses in concentration.
By all means, Chambers could be a viable option if the squad was struck with an injury crisis, but his lack of discipline and experience suggests defensive roles aren't quite for him.
All the signs point to midfield
With all this in mind, a deep-lying midfield role appears tailor made to the England international's style. By no means is he ready to become first choice in this positon for the Gunners, but his traits suggests this is where his future belongs.
Against Bournemouth, Chambers was visibly keen to help move the ball around the pitch and dictate the tempo of the game, to which he saw a degree of success.
Of course, certain areas of his game were a bit slack, but this is only natural given his lack of first-team football.
His passing was impressive at times against the Cherries and his composure brought a calmness to the game, which Arsenal needed at times.
If he can master his positioning and continue to learn from those around him, Chambers may just have a bright future in the Gunners' midfield engine room yet.
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