Why Folarian Balogun’s loan move to Middlesbrough from Arsenal was sanctioned emerges

The move of Folarian Balogun, on loan from Middlesbrough, to the Riverside was made possible after a disappointing first half for parent side Arsenal in December, persuading Mikel Arteta to let him go temporarily elsewhere according to football.london.

The 20-year-old is a highly rated player at the Emirates Stadium, starting the Gunners’ league opener of the 2021/22 campaign against Brentford due to an unavailability crisis and winning a limited number first-team appearances in English. capital earlier this term.

With that and the striker registering 13 goals in 11 Premier League 2 appearances this season, Boro’s ability to grant him a loan move has been seen as a coup by some, after Brighton and Hove Albion’s Aaron Connolly through the gate as the second-Tier Side’s second temporary addition to the department prior to last month.

His signature with AFC Bournemouth, Nottingham Forest and Swansea City also believed to have been in the race to bring it to the championship.

Their chances of signing him are now believed to have been boosted by his disappointing performance against the Black Cats in a Carabao Cup tie in December, which was the tipping point for Arteta who concluded that the young forward was best served by making a move away loan.

The same football.london The report also states that Boro offered the highest percentage of the 20-year-old’s salary compared to other parties who had made an approach.

He’s yet to be on the scoresheet in his five appearances for Chris Wilder’s men – and hopes to break that canard in the coming weeks.

The verdict:

With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang also leaving the club during the January window, it would seem odd that the Premier League side would be willing to sanction a departure, but this report makes that clearer.

From Arsenal’s perspective, they should hopefully see the 20-year-old develop his game further with more playing time under a very capable coach and that can only serve both well. the club and the player for their long-term future.

And as far as Boro is concerned, that only confirms how much they were willing to pay in terms of salary to recruit him. Fair play to Steve Gibson for making the investment – but it’s probably a good thing they only have the striker on loan for half a season as the second-tier side have to meet the EFL financial rules.

It may also prove to be a beneficial move for Balogun – as it now looks like he wouldn’t have had many more first-team opportunities this season had he stayed in the English capital.

At 20, he needs to play senior football as much as he can because plying his trade with the Under-23s will only get him so far. Now is the time for Balogun to prove himself and show Arteta why he should never have shipped him in the first place.


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