Calum Chambers has no future at Aston Villa, he must be sold this summer
Cast your mind back to January 2022 when Aston Villa made the shock announcement that they had completed the signing of Calum Chambers.
Villa convinced the out of favour defender to leave Arsenal for more regular football six-months before the end of his contract at the Emirates Stadium, and cost nothing.
Steven Gerrard saw him as able to provide cover at centre-back, right-back and even in midfield, but the move just simply hasn’t worked for any party when looked at a year later.
Chambers has made a total of 22 appearances for the club, scoring once. This season alone, he has made just eight appearances in the Premier League, with only two of those coming from the start.
Despite Chambers being 28 years old and well past his development stage in his career, it’s hard to know if there is anyone in football who knows what his best position is.
When you compare him to the regular starters in the Aston Villa squad in his preferred positions, central defence or defensive midfield, then the statistics (WhoScored) show you he is way off it.
Now, obviously, his sample size is much smaller than the people he is competing for a place with as he barely plays, but the gap in the numbers per 90 minutes is vast across the board.
Take centre-back for example.
Compared to Konsa he makes fewer tackles per game (0.4-1.1), and he makes far fewer interceptions compared to Mings (0.6-1.5). He also averages more fouls per game than both players (0.8-0.6 and 0.3), and far fewer clearances (0.4-4.2 and 3.1).
Add to that the fact he makes fewer blocks per game, gets dribbled past the most of the three and has the worst passing accuracy (81.5%-85.2% and 87.6%), then it shows he’s simply not adequate as an option or even as a backup.
When you look at the midfield and compare him to Boubacar Kamara, then it looks even worse for him.
The only roles in which Chambers outshines Kamara are the fact he makes fewer fouls per game and gets dribbled past less, but it also can’t be ignored that all of Chambers’ appearances this season have come as a centre-back, meaning that is always likely to be the case.
Chambers was brought to the club as emergency cover for Gerrard’s squad, but the manager isn’t here any more and to put it bluntly, he shouldn’t be either.
He’s simply not good enough and has offered nothing to the club since being here, and his time as an Aston Villa player must come to an end this summer under Unai Emery.
In other Aston Villa news, Ezri Konsa deserved an England call-up according to the stats, which say he’s better than Harry Maguire.