One youngster from EVERY Premier League club who should go out on loan this month
Arsenal – Eddie Nketiah
“Nketiah needs to get games under his belt to develop. In the next two or three years, he needs to play 30 games for a club, and he’s not going to do that at Arsenal.”
So said former Gunners captain Tony Adams after Saturday’s FA Cup win at Blackpool, pointing to the success of Reiss Nelson at Hoffenheim so far this season.
The 19-year-old Nketiah had just started for the third time this season and has clearly outgrown Premier League 2 football, having managed as many goals as starts (7) this season for the under-23s. Most sides in the Championship would surely find room for him.
Bournemouth – Jack Simpson
An England U21 international despite having only played three cup matches for Bournemouth at the time of his international bow, the left-footed centre-back has impressed scouts country-wide and been linked with Steven Gerrard’s Rangers numerous times.
With the European Under-21 Championship on the horizon, and limited opportunities at the Vitality Stadium, it would be beneficial for the Weymouth-born defender to get more playing time under his belt between now and May.
Brighton – Viktor Gyokeres
Brighton’s expansive venture into Nordic football has brought players from Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland to their development squad over the past year, and it’s Swedish winger Gyokeres who has impressed the most.
He made almost 70 appearances for Brommapojkarna’s first team before swapping Stockholm for Sussex a year ago, and has since helped the Seagulls win promotion to the top division of Premier League 2 football, where they now sit third in national title contention.
Gyokeres is far too good to be plying his trade at that level, and debuted for Chris Hughton’s senior team at Bournemouth in the FA Cup. Now he needs more opportunities at a higher level.