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In Numbers: Ben Gibson’s debut against Derby

5 October 2020

Ben Gibson made his Norwich City debut in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at home to Derby County, and the summer signing didn’t look out of place in Daniel Farke’s back four.

In fact, the centre-back was perhaps more prominent than anyone else on the pitch, taking 119 touches of the ball throughout the match - the highest number of any player.

He didn’t just have the ball, he used it well too. Making a total of 110 total passes (also more than any other player), Gibson achieved an impressive pass completion rate of 91 percent, displaying his reliability on the ball.

From a defensive point of view, Gibson co-operated with Christoph Zimmermann in dealing with the Derby threat for the majority of the game.

Gibson made four clearances, second only to Zimmermann’s six, and won three aerial duels, second only to Zimmermann’s four.

Despite the impressive debut performance, Gibson remained humble after the game, telling canaries.co.uk that “it went well, but it’s not about me. It’s good to get 90 minutes, but all that matters is the result.”


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