‘I felt, really, really good’ - Gibson determined to make a big impact for Canaries
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Ben Gibson joined Norwich City because he sees the Canaries as an upwardly mobile club – and he’s desperate to make a big impact this season.
The 27-year-old defender brought an end to two seasons of frustration with Burnley when he played all of the 1-0 loss to Derby at Carrow Road on Saturday, as City lost a second successive game despite dominating.
Gibson is convinced Daniel Farke’s methods will engineer a positive season in the Championship though, as the Canaries try to bounce straight back to the Premier League.
“I came here to play football, to be successful, to be part of a club that’s growing and heading in the right direction,” said the former Middlesbrough defender.
“The boss has been brilliant with me since minute one, the way he wants to play, the way the club wants to play, everything is done right here.
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“That doesn’t directly relate to results but we’ve got the players and the mindset to make sure that it does. We’re all on the same page, we all want to play the same way and we know we’ve got the quality to do it.
“We’ve all seen these players do it before, now it’s a matter of making sure that materialises on the pitch.”
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After signing on a season-long loan from Burnley, with a view to the deal being made permanent if promotion can be achieved, Gibson had to be patient as Ben Godfrey and Christoph Zimmermann started the first three matches. However, with Godfrey on his way to Everton to seal a £25m transfer, his opportunity emerged.
“The manager and Stuart Webber were very honest with me when I signed, I’ve had to be patient with myself more than anything, I put a lot of demand on myself,” he added.
“It’s been a tough two years, I’ve worked as hard as humanly possible to make sure that I’m physically ready for when opportunity knocks – and hopefully I showed that.
“After two years out, I felt really, really good. Now I want to string some performances together but what’s most important isn’t Ben Gibson, it’s Norwich Football Club and that we now kick-start a run.
“Keep the performances like that, with a little more added quality in the final third and we won’t be far away from where we need to be.”