Kaylen Hinds has signed a new deal with Arsenal before being shipped off on loan for the rest of the season.
The 19-year-old will spend the rest of the season on loan with Stevenage in League 2.
Hinds graduated from Arsenal’s Hale End Academy as a striker but now plays more as a number 10.
At the start of the season, Matthew Wade, had this to say about Hinds:
Despite largely flying under the radar, Kaylen Hinds has a similar quality [to Reiss Nelson] – both are mature performers, maybe partly for their physical attributes as much as technical.
The West Londoner gives the impression of being around for a long time because his debut for the u18s was nearly three years ago, and was hailed as a major talent throughout the England age groups. However, serious injury in the 2014/15 season curtailed his progress, and it is only really in the second half of this season that he has started to come back to his best.
Nominally he is a striker, but he seems most comfortable in a mobile role between striker, number 10 and out wide, and his flexibility is a valuable quality. Unfortunately, like many who can fill different roles with equal competence, he sometimes falls between multiple stools, and is often used as a supporting player or impact substitute.
Despite being slightly marginalised at times in favour of some of the youth set ups golden boys, he is quick, skilful, a precise passer and fairly two-footed, and has looked more impactful in a deeper role, both linking play, but confident in finishing chances when they arrive.
What makes him remain an exciting prospect despite being surpassed by others on this list is the fact that things seem to happen around him. While not always the most efficient compared to some of his team-mates, he never disappears or drifts in games, and just has the ability to make things happen. Should he take the step forward that Iwobi or Willock have done over the last year or so, he could yet make his debut over the coming season, a thought further echoed by in increased invitations to first team training sessions in March and April.