TBR View: 'Fighting' ace's social media activity hints Arsenal could be set to make expensive transfer error
Arsenal’s season is over which means all the players on a loan deal are set to return to their parent club ahead of next term.
One player who hasn’t been here for very long, but, seems to have made a monstrous impact is Brighton and Hove Albion’s Mat Ryan.
The Australian joined during the January window, however, despite his little game time has looked and sounded extremely comfortable during his time in north London.
His stand-out moment in the red and white proved to be during the away win against a resurgent Newcastle United a few weeks back. Ryan was in brilliant form as he looked comfortable in the air, gobbling up any cross the Geordies put into the box.
Reports emerged that the Gunners were opening talks over completing the signing of the 29-year-old on a permanent basis. However, his social media post waving goodbye to the outfit and their supporters seems to suggest he may not return in any capacity.
It would be a disastrous move from the club not to sign the Australia international, who has been labelled a ‘fighting’ man, on a permanent basis after his level of performance during his spell in N5.
There may not be very many games on which to judge the figure, however, in what little there is, encouraging signs have emerged.
Across just three Premier League appearances, Ryan has a pass accuracy rating of 89.4%, the fourth-highest in the squad. His ability with the ball at his feet means he’s comfortable in carrying out Arteta’s instructions, a key trait to possess.
Replacement goalkeepers don’t come cheap with Chelsea having to fork out high transfer fees on a couple of ‘keepers over the last few seasons. And with the club suffering from the recent financial crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, there’s not much money to waste in crucial areas on the pitch.
Ryan is set to enter the final year of his Brighton contract next season, meaning he’s unlikely to cost that much, and with the ace having seemingly waved goodbye to the club, there’s hope failure to sign him won’t prove to be an expensive transfer error.
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