Ben Gibson is an English professional player who plays for Middlesbrough in the EFL Championship. He was born on 15th January 1993 and hails from Nunthorpe, North Yorkshire in Middlesbrough, England. He primarily plays as a central defender but is also capable of playing as a left-back. He is a left-footed player with a decent right foot.
He is one of the few English centre-backs with good playing technique. He impressed in Middlesbrough’s campaign in the Premier League, and the interest in the part of big clubs like Arsenal, Everton etc was extremely justified. His strengths include physicality, tackling ability while on his feet and his comfort on the ball. He is good at holding on to the ball with the help of his physicality, and likes to carry the ball out of defence. He is also good at reading the game and making interceptions. However his defensive plays are often found to be lacking, and he is prone to making mistakes at the back.
A Middlesbrough academy product, he has spent his entire footballing career at Boro. Having started playing football with local club Marton, he moved to Middlesbrough at the age of 12. He won the Nike Cup in 2008 with the youth team. Coming up through the ranks, he made his senior now in April 2011.
He moved to Middlesbrough at the age of 12, after he began playing football with local club Marton. He won the Nike Cup in 2008 with Middlesbrough youth team. He captained the reserve team, and led them to The Football Combination East Division title in the 2010-11 season. Coming up through the ranks, he made his senior bow in April 2011.
A regular for England in youth football, he has played in every youth level of football. Yet to make his debut for the senior team, he was first called for the national team in March 2017 for the World Cup qualifier match against Lithuania, filling in for the injured Chris Smalling.
He has won the 2010 UEFA European Under-17 Championship in Liechtenstein with the U-17 team.
Rise to Glory
He first rose to glory while playing for York City while on loan from Middlesbrough. He led his team to the finals of the 2012 FA Trophy. York City won the finals in Wembley against Newport County 2:0. He then guided his team to promotion in the Conference Premier play-off final against Luton Town.
He then again rose to prominence in the 2015-16 season, when he guided Middlesbrough to promotion to Premier League. He featured regularly in the 2016-17 campaign in the Premier League, and impressed in his outing. However, the team performed poorly, and were relegated back to the Championship.
Gibson has played for Middlesbrough throughout his career, but has gone on loan to several clubs. He has played for Plymouth Argyle, York City, and Tranmere Rovers while on loan.
He has won the 2012 FA Trophy and the Conference Premier Play-off Final with York City. He has won the U-17 European Championship with England in 2010.