Former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell thinks youngster Folarin Balogun should go on loan in January.
Balogun started the Gunners’ Premier League curtain-raiser against Brentford before coming off the bench against Chelsea the following week.
However, he hasn’t been utilised in the league since, often playing for the club’s Under-23 side instead, with club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang preferred as Mikel Arteta’s starting centre-forward.
Now, Campbell has told the Hale End graduate to search for some first-team opportunities at another club, suggesting that a loan move would be beneficial for all parties and football.london understands that the north Londoners will consider loaning him out in January if his game time continues to be limited.
“Balogun needs to go out on loan and get some football”, Campbell told Football Insider. “He needs to learn his trade.
“Under-23s football is just too easy for him at the moment. He needs to go into the trenches. That is the only way he will learn about his game.
“When you play against the defenders in the lower leagues, they have mortgages and families to look after. It’s serious. Whereas it is all hunky-dory in the Under-23s.
“I’m he will go out and get that experience next year. Then he will realise his standard.”
Similarly, former Arsenal frontman Benik Afobe has previously urged Balogun to leave the Emirates Stadium, although, the 20-year-old eventually ended up signing a long-term contract with the north London club.
“It all depends on your positioning and who’s ahead of you… Balogun, he’s good, I’ve seen him play,” Afobe told The Beautiful Game Podcast back in February.
“I think it’s the right decision for him to leave.
“The captain [Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang] is a number nine, the other number nine is top goalscorer this season, [Alexandre] Lacazette, and Eddie Nketiah is a couple of years older than him and has also done well.
“If you want to keep waiting for your chance, before you know it you’re 23, and teams, managers will start picking up players who are more experienced in the Championship, who have 100 appearances to their name, instead of the guy from Arsenal who has played for England Under-19’s.
“And that’s kind of what’s happened to me as well.”
Source by Football London