Arsenal supporters have taken to social media to praise on-loan defender Daniel Ballard after the Northern Ireland international secured a playoff spot with Blackpool on Tuesday night.
The 21-year-old centre-back has been one of the Tangerines key players this season, with the Hale End academy graduate making 25 appearances so far for the League One side, keeping a clean sheet in over 50% of the games he has started for Neil Critchley’s side, who have now secured a chance at promotion to the Championship.
Ballard is one of many centre-backs out on loan from Arsenal this season, with William Saliba and Konstantinos Mavropanos also impressing at OGC Nice and VfB Stuttgart respectively, and supporters on social media were quick to shower the 21-year-old Stevenage-born defender with praise after clinching a playoff spot in League One.
Here’s what some Arsenal fans had to say about Ballard on Twitter, with many supporters delighted for the youngster on his playoff achievement with Blackpool…
— William (@AFCWilliam__) May 4, 2021
— ♡Tayo♡ (@omotayoadetayo5) May 4, 2021
Congrats mate 👍🏽🤙🏽
— BS7🇲🇦 (@z_zpepe) May 4, 2021
— Rhys 🔴⚪️🚀 (@RhysTight) May 4, 2021
Congrats Dan… Welcome to the first team!
— S.Ali.Mousavi.I (@SAliMousaviI) May 5, 2021
Love it you, congrats mate!
— Brannon Daly (@brannondaly) May 4, 2021
Blackpool will face tough competition if they’re to claim promotion to the Championship, with the likes of Sunderland and Portsmouth likely to finish in the playoffs along with Lincoln City.