Darron Gibson Scores For Ireland Against Wales.
Darron Gibson has been featured far too infrequently for Manchester United since he made his first-team debut in 2008. At 23 years old, the Irish central midfielder will be hoping for regular Premier League action so that he can improve as a player and further his career. Unfortunately for Gibson, he probably won’t be getting that kind of playing time at Manchester United.
After impressing with Ireland in a 3-0 win against Wales, Irish national team manager Giovanni Trappatoni has spoken about his desire to see Darron Gibson move away from Old Trafford in search of regular first-team football. Seeing Gibson move would surely not be a welcome sight for Manchester United fans who are surely proud of the progress made by one of their own youth products, but it might be in the best interests of the young midfielder to establish himself at a new club where he will feature on a much more regular basis. Where would the Irish international shine though? Many Premier League clubs would probably love to have him, but which ones would best accommodate him? My picks are Fulham, Aston Villa and Blackburn.
At Fulham, he would be an excellent, almost like-for-like replacement for Danny Murphy in the center of midfield. While the ex-Liverpool man is still shining in the midfield, his days as a player are nearly at an end. At 33 years old, he’ll surely be retiring soon and Fulham will be looking for a creative midfielder to step into that role and pick up where Murphy left off. Gibson could be that player. The team would be built around him, he’d be allowed to dictate the tempo of the game and drift into attacking positions, and his goals would really boost a Fulham side who can sometimes lack a cutting edge of front. Fulham are also wealthy enough to be able to afford Gibson, so it really is a viable option.
Aston Villa has undergone a number of changes already since Gerard Houllier took over, but the addition of Darron Gibson in the center of midfield would just add to an already strong side. Because Aston Villa play a 4-2-3-1 variation, both central midfielders would be slightly more defensive. Gibson, though, would be slotting into Jean Makoun in the center of that midfield, and the ex-Olympique Lyon man is as defensive as can be. This would allow Gibson to play in a deep-lying playmaker role, similar to the role Michael Carrick plays for Manchester United. He’d be able to crack off his long-shots, spray the ball around the midfield, and initiate attacking moves from a deeper position.
Blackburn are also a club currently undergoing big changes. The club’s new owners are as ambitious as they come, and the capture of Darron Gibson would definitely boost the club’s reputation. Steve Kean has been promised the managerial role for some years to come, so he could build a new side around Gibson and make the Irish international his main man in midfield. He’d be a key player at the club, especially with David Dunn in and out of the side due to constant injury problems.
It’s obvious then that Gibson would easily be able to get regular first-team football elsewhere in the Premier League – now it’s just down to making the move or not. Oddly enough, Darron Gibson responded poorly to Trappatoni’s request, saying he doesn’t believe any other club in the Premier League would allow him to improve his game. Well Darron, I’ve just done your homework for you!
Here’s a video of Gibson at his goal-scoring best: