Former Arsenal scout Steve Morrow has heaped praise on Arsenal contract-rebel Folarin Balogun.
The teenager has entered the final few months of his contract and it doesn’t look like he will be signing a new one. Arsenal are set to lose him on a free transfer, but it’s not really Mikel Arteta or Edu’s fault.
Balogun is reportedly demanding immediate game time before committing his future at the club. The youngster hasn’t featured in the senior squad since December, and it looks like he won’t ever again.
Morrow, who kept a close eye on Balogun during his time at the Emirates as a senior scout, has had his say about the situation. He has hailed the young striker’s attributes and has urged him to make the right decision about his future.
He told The Times: “I hope he can make the right decision and then figure out what’s best for him at this stage of his career.
“He’s got great physical qualities, can lead the line very well, holds the ball up very well, brings other players into play, and is probably as good a finisher as Eddie [Nketiah]. He’s got tremendous qualities, a great kid and a great family.”
Arsenal Insider’s view:
It is pretty clear at this point that Balogun’s heart is set on a move elsewhere. He wants immediate game time and Arteta cannot offer him that at the moment irrespective of what people think of the situation.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, our club captain and one of the best strikers in world football, can’t get in the team himself. That rules out any possibility of Balogun getting anywhere near our squad any time soon.
Arsenal have tried their best to tie him down but it’s just not happening. We’ve lost incredible young players in the past and gone on to regret it. We might do the same with Balogun in the coming years, but our manager and everyone behind the scenes cannot be blamed this time around.