Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta made the decision in January that Emile Smith Rowe’s development would be better served out on loan.
The youngster had fallen down the pecking order at the Emirates Stadium and was sent to Huddersfield Town of the Championship for the remainder of the campaign.
The teenager is in the infancy of his career and he’s started life in West Yorkshire well. He registered his first goal and assist in a 3-2 defeat to Fulham recently.
Since he moved to the Championship, it has been claimed by The Express that Artera has identified ball-playing midfielders as one aspect of his summer shopping list.
Despite playing just four games for Huddersfield is already on the road to showing Arteta that he means business when it comes to filling one of those positions.
In just four games playing in the middle of the park for Danny Cowley’s team, Smith-Rowe has achieved a pass success ratio of 87.5% (Who Scored).
The 19-year-old went on loan to RB Leipzig last season the spell only saw him play three times.
In hindsight, the rough and tumble of the Championship might be just the tonic for Smith-Rowe as he looks to make a statement of intent to his parent club.
The majority of his 12 appearances for the Gunners have seen him play either on the flank or as a No.10. It would appear that he is better suited to a more rigid central midfield role, however.
People won’t be getting carried just yet as it’s only four games that he’s played for Huddersfield, but Smith-Rowe looks an extremely bright prospect.
On current form, albeit in a lower league, the academy graduate is looking like he could save the Gunners millions in the transfer market.
Arsenal fans love to see their own prospects thrive in the first-team and if he carries on performing at Huddersfield, an opportunity to shine could be forthcoming next season.