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MetiNews.Com - The Blades have 'made an enquiry' about the young Gunner
Breaking News ! The latest name to appear on Chris Wilder's radar at Sheffield United is that of young Arsenal striker Folarin Balogun. The 19-year-old is the subject of an 'enquiry' by the Blades boss and the matter is currently in the hands of CEO Stephen Bettis and his counterpart at the Emirates Stadium. So far, a deal is yet to be reached for the striker with United reportedly being told earlier this week that they would need to come back with an improved offer. Wilder is confident he can bring in the striker he needs to complete his business in the transfer market before the window shuts next month, but Balogun's name is a new one for United fans. They have been heavily linked with Liverpool's Rhian Brewster and it is understood Wilder has lodged a season-long loan offer for the Anfield youngster. However, Balogun could offer an alternative should Brewster not come off. So who is the young Gunner and what can he offer Sheffield United? There is no one better to get the lowdown on the Blades target than Football.London's Arsenal correspondent Art DeRoche, who has watched his development closely during these past couple of seasons. Here is what he has to say about the teenager who could end up at Bramall Lane. Read More Related Articles Liverpool fans' Thiago Alcantara theory with Rhian Brewster moving to Sheffield United Read More Related Articles Rhian Brewster fuels talk of £25m Sheffield United move with Liverpool social media post Tell us a bit about Folarin Balogun - who is he? Having just turned 19, Folarin is an extremely talented striker who is currently part of the Under-23s squad. Born in New York City, he has represented both England and the United States at youth level, although he has featured for England more frequently. [Four appearances for England's Under-17s, 10 for England's Under-18s and four for the USA's Under-18s. He's yet to make a first team appearance for Arsenal but has been very impressive in the youth ranks. What's his time at Arsenal been like? Balogun joined the club as a 10-year-old and has been on a real upward trajectory over the past few seasons. He first played in the Premier League 2 with the Under-23s in the 2017/18 season when he was 16-years-old. The following season he continued to impress, going on to sign his first professional contract with the club before establishing himself in the side last season. In the Premier League 2, he scored 10 goals in 15 games despite contending with an ankle injury mid-season but was also key to Arsenal beating Monaco in the Premier League International Cup. He's begun this season promisingly scoring in a 2-1 win over Ipswich Town in the Leasings.com Trophy. You have seen him play, just how good can he be? I saw flashes off him in the 2018/19 season but watched him more regularly in the 2019/20 season when covering the Under-23s.
. He is able to finish with his weaker left foot, finish in a more instinctive fashion but also finish chances where he has more time to think than one may want.
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Looking forward, he could definitely be a Premier League level striker but whether he is ready for that this season, I'm not so sure considering he is yet to make his senior debut. What's his attributes and what could he bring to Sheffield United? Finishing is of course the most important attribute for a striker and he has that. Whether it's a quick finish in and around the box, a more calculated one or from the penalty spot, he is cold-blooded in front of goal. Aside from that, his technical ability is what makes him stand out. Hold up play is incredibly important in the Premier League and last season especially, this is an area Balogun was developing in. Not just receiving the ball but using his quick footwork to either keep it, link play or win fouls for his team further up the pitch. This may provide a new challenge when he makes the step up to men's football, however. Does he have a future at Arsenal? Although he has undoubted talent, the pathway to becoming a first choice striker may make it difficult for Balogun. As positions go, Arsenal have done well for themselves here in the academy as behind Alexandre Lacazette, they have Eddie Nketiah, Tyreece John-Jules and then Balogun in the pecking order.
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John-Jules is currently on loan at Doncaster Rovers but has been much closer to making a first team appearance for Arsenal than Balogun, featuring on the bench three times last season and almost coming on against Leeds United in the FA Cup. John-Jules being out on loan this season may provide Balogun with a chance to break into the side but the competition will be there if he wants to have a future as one of the Gunners' key men up front.
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