Danny Cowley has told BBC Radio Leeds that he wants to sign Arsenal attacker Emile Smith-Rowe on loan again this summer, as he continues to shine at Championship side Huddersfield Town since joining in January.
Smith-Rowe, 19, came through Arsenal’s ranks and has scored three goals in 12 senior appearances for the north Londoners. He joined RedBull Leipzig for the second half of the 2018-19 campaign, but managed just three outings.
The teenager played six times for Arsenal during the first half of this season, before opting to drop down a division and join Huddersfield. Despite playing just 15 senior games before joining Huddersfield, Cowley has used him frequently.
Indeed, the England Under-20 international has scored once and created three more goals in eight Huddersfield outings. Asked if he wants Smith-Rowe beyond the summer, Cowley responded by stating he wants him on loan again.
“Yes, we would like that, absolutely, without a doubt,” Cowley said, when asked if he would like to sign Smith-Rowe on loan for the 2020-21 campaign. “But we are respectful of Arsenal. They will choose what they perceive to be the right pathway for him.”
TBR’s view – Smith-Rowe would be best remaining at Huddersfield
Yes, the English teenager has enormous potential and ambition and will be desperate to play at the highest level possible. But the best thing for Smith-Rowe at this stage in his career is constant regular first-team football.
The Championship is a highly competitive league and players who have enjoyed a loan spell in the second tier have gone on to impress in the Premier League soon after. Mason Mount, Harry Wilson, Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori are examples.
Another year at Huddersfield would be perfect for Smith-Rowe.