Gibson has proved his worth in the top flight this season. Boro may have suffered relegation, but it wasn’t their defence that was the problem. The club’s captain did his job at the back; it was at the other end of the field they really struggled. He recently confessed, in an interview with Sky Sports, that he isn’t sure where he’ll be next season, but wants to be playing in the Premier League.
Plenty of footballers think they deserve a bigger stage, but only a few actually do.
There are some players whose quality stands out in their team, but who, in the Premier League, should be playing on a bigger stage?
We’ve picked 10 players, from the English top flight, who we believe could move up a level – scroll through the gallery above to take a look at our picks.