Over 15 clubs made inquiries to sign one Arsenal player in January.
He isn’t a first team regular, he has yet to make his Premier League debut and he’s found game time hard to come by this season.
Despite all of those factors, Folarin Balogun is destined for great things in football and behind the scenes at Arsenal there is a genuine belief he can become an elite forward.
With Tottenham talisman Harry Kane expected to leave the club this summer and Alexandre Lacazette set to enter the final year of his contract, there are no shortages of top level frontmen on the transfer market.
However, the Gunners can look even closer to home when they do business over the next couple of months, as football.london assesses why Balogun should be given a chance in the 2021/22 campaign.
What’s been said?
Arteta: “We have been extremely impressed with Flo this season. He has continually shown his natural ability in many training sessions with us and we have been equally impressed with his early integration into the first-team squad on matchdays.
“He has given us glimpses with the performances and of course with his two goals already for the first team. “The hard work starts here for Flo and we are all looking forward to supporting and working with him in the years to come.”
Balogun: “My ambitions for next season are to make an impact in the first team. I see it as something that I’ve taken upon myself to be able to go over there and make an impact, not just be one of the numbers.
“I want to be somebody who eventually leads that group, so I would say I have quite driven ambitions. We’ll see if I can make them happen.”
How good is he?
Balogun has scored nine goals in 17 appearances for the under-23s this season.
Before his time with the under-23s, the New York-born starlet was an established member of the U18s where he guided them to a title win and scored 25 goals in the process.
He made his first team debut this season, scoring away at Molde and Dundalk after coming as a late substitute.
Clinical in front of goal with astute technical ability, Balogun is adept at hold up play as seen in those Europa League group stage games.
Source by Football London