Folarin Balogun has always been prolific at all levels for Arsenal since he joined as a schoolboy, and he has always been tipped to do the same at senior level, just as Eddie Nketiah did when he came through the Academy.
The difference is that Eddie went to Leeds in Championship and didn’t really even break into the first team, whereas Balogun decided to throw himself in at the deep end and went to a new club (Reims) and a country where he didn’t speak the language (France) , but he has been a revelation and settled in like an old pro.
He has helped one of the relegation favourites to reach the top half of Ligue I and is scoring goals for fun.
Watch this excellent video of his time so far at Reims including a bit of commentary from his trainer.
I have a feeling that Balogun will come back to Arsenal next summer and take the Premier League by storm!
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I think he’s similar to Nketiah, who possesses very good finishing skills but mediocre at passing and bad aerially. Hopefully he can compete with Jesus and Trossard next season
So this is yet another loan deal that MA sanctioned and has been successful then?
It’s a pity that a release clause was not inserted.
If this really likeable young man proves his worth, we can save millions on looking for a goalscorer and, instead, work on that elusive Vieira type player who will cost a fortune.
I suspect the gaffer have sentimental attachments to both Eddie and Balogun but I suspect its because they are from our academy so they will be given maximum chances.
Both players seems loyal and love the club too, that’s my honest take on it, Balogun deserves a chance.
But I do think Balogun needs a next season on loan to hone is skills, before tempting to lead the line at Arsenal, don’t cut his loan it may affect his development.
That’s just my honest take.