Folarin Balogun: Arsenal Loan Policy Reaps Rewards
Arsenal midfielder Folarin Balogun’s recent loan spell in French Ligue 1 is bearing fruit for both the player and the club. The 20-year-old is shining in Nice and the loan move was just the latest step in his journey from Arsenal’s academy to the pitch.
From Potential To Reality
A highly-touted youth prospect in the Arsenal academy system, Balogun always showed signs of potential but it was unclear whether he could transition that potential into anything on the senior level. After loan spells in Germany and then Scotland, Arsenal opted to send Balogun to Nice on a season-long loan.
The move is already paying dividends, as Balogun has already made nine appearances for Nice and has scored three goals. His speed and ability to find the back of the net has made him one of the standout players in Ligue 1. He is quickly becoming one of the most talked-about young players in Europe.
A Path To Arsenal’s First Team?
Now with Balogun beginning to fulfill his potential away from Arsenal, the question for Arsenal is whether or not he will be able to transition that same level of success to the club’s first team.
Balogun has been linked with a new contract at Arsenal and the club are believed to be keen on extending his current deal, which expires this summer. It would be a major achievement for the club’s youth policy and could be the first step in Balogun becoming a major first-team player.
For now though, Balogun will continue to focus on his loan spell and make sure he can continue to perform at a high level. His next challenge will be finding a way to become a regular starter for Nice, something he will have to battle for in such a competitive league.
If Balogun can make that next step, there is no doubt that Arsenal will be monitoring his progress closely. With his loan spell a success so far, the future looks bright for Balogun and Arsenal, who have found a way to get the best out of one of their most talented youngsters.
- Folarin Balogun is impressing on Ligue 1 loan spell at Nice.
- Arsenal are believed to be keen on extending his current deal, which expires this summer.
- Balogun must focus on becoming a regular starter for Nice.
- The future looks bright for Balogun and Arsenal.