In his press conference today, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was quizzed about Folarin Balogun and his development out on loan at Middlesbrough.
The youngster spent the first six months of the season at Arsenal and even got a few opportunities with the first team. However, it was clear to see that he still had a lot to improve to be a regular at the highest level.
The Gunners decided to loan him out in January and Mikel Arteta has today explained the reason behind that decision.
Mikel Arteta: Why Arsenal sent Folarin Balogun out on loan
The Spaniard said today, as per Arsenal.com: “The step was too big, from what he was doing to the Premier League, and you could see that. It’s not fair on him to assess just in certain moments whether he can do it or not.
“So, he needed a pathway, he needs that exposure. He needs to go through good and difficult moments, and he needs to be able to adapt and find himself in the dressing room, and develop the importance that is required to play at this level.
“I think he is doing all of that really well.”
The Insider’s View:
Since making the move to Boro in January, Balogun has only started six games in the Championship.
He has scored two goals and has picked up two assists in that period, which is a really good return for someone of his age.
Arteta made it clear in his press conference today that Balogun is in his plans for the future. That is a good thing for Arsenal fans as the young striker really does have the potential to become a top goalscorer in the coming years.