Report: Arsenal coaches convinced Folarin Balogun is improving with 23s
Arsenal are hoping to send Folarin Balogun out on loan in January, however, the coaching staff at the club are still convinced they have managed to improve the youngster this season.
Balogun has scored 16 goals in just 12 games at under 23s level this term. That has prompted concerns that he might have outgrown that standard of football. However, Balogun has struggled to have an impact on the first-team, with Mikel Arteta preferring others in his place.
But according to a report from The Athletic this morning, the Gunners are still happy with Balogun’s progress. It’s claimed that Kevin Betsy and the rest of the coaching staff are pleased with Balogun. In particular, it’s claimed the youngster has improved in two key areas.
The Athletic states how Betsy is delighted to see Balogun show an improvement in both his off the ball movement and his link up play.
A number of clubs are thought to be keen on the striker. Chris Wilder wants him at Middlesbrough, while a number of European clubs are also keeping tabs.
TBR’s View: Next move for Balogun is vital for him and Arsenal
After convincing Balogun to sign a new deal in the summer, the next phase of his young career is going to be a vital one you feel. So many times we see loan deals make or break players, and it feels like this is the case with Balogun.
Whoever takes him in January, Arsenal need to ensure they’ll be playing Balogun. There is simply no point in him going somewhere to sit on the bench. If that’s the case, he might as well stay with Betsy at the Hale End.
Hopefully, Balogun gets a good move. And once he’s got that sorted, he can go about showing everyone just how good a goalscorer he can be.
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