Middlesbrough had a busy summer window in terms of outgoings, with three of their star players departing the club. Patrick Bamford left for Leeds, Adama Traore was sold to Wolves, and Boro-born defender Ben Gibson joined Burnley.

The latter has endured a difficult time at Burnley since moving from Middlesbrough in a £15 million move, and has spoken out about his relatively short career at Turf Moor with their official website.

“Obviously, it’s been a really frustrating start, not the start you’d ever want, coming to a new football club” said Gibson.

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“You want to come, make your mark and show everyone; show the players, the fans, the manager and the coaching staff what I can do. I haven’t really been able to do that, so I’m really looking forward to getting back out there and fighting for my place and helping the club achieve what we want to achieve.”

Burnley face nine games in five weeks over the Christmas period, and after recovering from a groin problem, Gibson could be in contention with plenty of games coming thick and fast.

“There couldn’t be a better time to be coming back into it. There are lots of games and lots of minutes,”

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“People pick up injuries and suspensions, or whatever it may be, so the more players we can have fit and the full squad, the better.

“The festive period is fantastic. That’s what’s coming. It’s the best time to play your football.

“Hopefully I will be a part of it, physically that everything will be okay, and we will be able to kick on and get one result and that will roll into two and three.”


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