On-loan Burnley central defender Ben Gibson will make the switch to Norwich permanent following the club’s promotion to the Premier League.
With promotion back to the Premier League sealed for the Canaries – following Swansea and Brentford’s failure to win against Wycombe Wanderers and Millwall respectively – the Norfolk-based club has already started recruiting for the upcoming season, with manager Daniel Farke confirming on-loan defender Ben Gibson will be with the club for next season.
“Ben Gibson will be with us next season. Oliver Skipp was also a key man in our success and played a major role.” Said Farke.
The English defender is currently recovering from an ankle injury he suffered during last months home fixture against Blackburn Rovers.
Former Middlesbrough defender Gibson, told the press that he had been “completely sold” on a move to Norwich after being impressed by how “professional” and detailed the staff at Carrow Road are.
“I was blown away when I signed for Norwich,” he said. “I met Stuart (Webber), the manager and the head analyst at the same time. I joked afterwards, but it was no exaggeration, the analyst knew more about me than me. They put together a presentation and they left no stone unturned. Said Gibson.
“They knew about charity work I had done in Middlesbrough, away from the club, they knew which surgeon had done a previous hernia operation. Incredibly detailed, incredibly professional. I went into that meeting open-minded, different clubs had been bandied about.
“I walked out of the meeting and I was completely sold. They had videos of the new training ground, videos of the city. The way the manager knew so much about me as a player, Stuart as a person.
Gibson, who has worked under experienced Championship managers in Tony Mowbray, Aitor Karanka and Sean Dyche previously, praised Norwich manager Farke for his honesty and his ability “tactically”, whilst also emphasising that “the attractive brand of football” coached by Farke suits him as a player.
“Unbelievable. First of all he is a real good person. He is so honest. There are no secrets. It doesn’t matter which member of the squad. He will say it in front of the squad and that is his honest opinion,” added Gibson. “Different clubs have different politics and managers handle things differently.
“But he says it as it is and as a player he gives you so much confidence to play how he wants to play. That is an attractive brand of football.
“He wants me to step in with the ball, which plays to my strengths I feel, to start attacks. If I am not doing that he will be asking me why, why am I not taking risks, why I am not taking the ball off Tim Krul? He is relentless, detailed, I can’t speak highly enough of him.
“He is a fantastic talent as a manager. He sees things others managers I have worked under haven’t seen – technically, tactically – he can change the game with one tweak. I have learned so much and it is dream to play for him. I want to keep impressing him.”