Impressive loanee admits training with Tottenham prior to signing with Arsenal

Folarin Balogun has admitted that he once took up a trial with Tottenham Hotspur whilst training with Arsenal, before being offered to sign with the latter.

The 21 year-old is one of the hottest young talents yet to earn a regular starting place in north London, and is currently enjoying a very impressive loan spell on loan in France with Ligue 1 side Reims.

With eight goals and two assists in just 14 outings this term, he has quickly staked a claim for Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year, an award won by Arsenal’s William Saliba last term whilst on loan with Marseille, and he has spoken to the press in France about his recent bright start to the campaign.

Balogun admits to taking up a trial with rivals Tottenham Hotspur previously as he awaited a contract offer from the Gunners, but took the deal as soon as it was offered by our club.

“My dad got a phone call from Tottenham. They were also offering me one (a trial). We hesitated because Arsenal were meant to give us a decision soon.

“In the end, my dad was taking me to Arsenal training on Monday, Thursday and Friday, and the others days of the week, I was training with Tottenham.

“It was intense because as well as playing for the two teams, I was going to school, of course. Everything ended well since Arsenal eventually offered me to sign, and we accepted, ” Balogun told the official Ligue 1 website.

Balogun could well have been the back-up to Harry Kane right now, with Spurs failing to really sign a decent back-up option for the England forward over the years. Next year he will surely be back with us however, and vying for Eddie Nketiah for minutes, although it wouldn’t be too big a shock if young Eddie was to seek a move in search of more regular playing time.

Do you think Balogun should have stayed over Nketiah this term.

Patrick

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5 Comments

  1. We should buy Thuram for cheap and allow both Nketiah and Balogun to go on loan to get regular playing time and develop their game. Tyiing him down to minutes at the Emirates would slow down his progress as is the case with Nketiah currently. He is losing self-confidence. They ciould be loaned out in the PL. It will be harder for Nketiah in France because of his high wages but Balogun can stay overthere with a team playing in Europe like Marseille

  2. Signs of a slow news day at the club – Flo had a date night with the neighbor, Granit born feet first as a striker. Thank goodness, the World Cup starts soon.

  3. Let Folarin Balogun continue to strive hard and harder to improve on his goals scoring capacity at Reim. And get very accustomed to scoring goals in their high numbers ar the competitive ekclon of the game before he returns to Arsenal at the end of his loan deal next summer.
    So that he won’t have a problem again in regular goals scoring for Arsenal at the top level that will warrant the club to send him out to another loan out next summer. But keep him in the team next season. And playing him regularly in the Epl starting him, ance in other competitions as well
    just as William Saliba had returned to Arsenal last summer from a loan out spell to a Ligue 1 club side. And started playing very well for Arsenal starting regularly in all the 14 Arsenal’s Epl games so far this season.
    A worthy example which I think Balogun should try to emulate when he returned from his loan out.

  4. Let Folarin Balogun continue to strive hard and harder to improve on his goals scoring capacity at Reim. And gets very accustomed to scoring goals in their high numbers ar the competitive ekclon of the game before he returns to Arsenal at the end of his loan deal next summer.
    So that he won’t have a problem again in regular goals scoring for Arsenal at the top level that will warrant the club to send him out to another loan out next summer. But keep him in the team next season. And play him regularly in the Epl starting him, and in other competitions as well
    just as William Saliba had returned to Arsenal last summer from a loan out spell to a Ligue 1 club side. And started playing very well for Arsenal starting regularly in all the 14 Arsenal’s Epl games so far this season.
    A worthy example which I think Balogun should try to emulate when he returned from his loan out.

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