Since signing for Arsenal from Bolton Wanderers in the summer, Rob Holding has revealed he’s now getting recognised on the tube.
The 21-year-old defender, who won Bolton’s player of the season last term, seemed pretty pleased when he told Arsenal Player about his experience on the London underground recently.
“I was on the tube the other day and these young lads were sat just opposite me, just on the angle, and I heard them say ‘is that Rob Holding?’ and then they were on their phones looking and were like ‘yeah, that’s Rob Holding’,” he explained.
“I just started looking down when I heard them say it because I didn’t want to start smiling. So I was just like looking down and not letting them see that I was smiling for it.
“If someone came up to me and said, ‘are you Rob Holding?’ then I’d just be like ‘yeah, nice to meet you’. And then if they wanted a photo, I’d pose for a photo and if they wanted something signed then I’d take the time to do it.”
I’m guessing the lads on the train were either Gooners or Bolton fans considering, no offence to the guy, but Rob Holding probably isn’t exactly the first face you’d recognise when out and about.
Holding has only made eight appearances in all competitions since signing for Arsenal but during each and every one, he’s not disappointed. This is reinforced by the fact that Arsene Wenger keeps putting him on the first team bench, rather than just plopping him into the reserves. He knows he’s useful and wants to keep him within reaching distance. He even played him in the Champions League against FC Basel in a game Arsenal won 4-1.
For a young player, he has a good head on his shoulders and I’m sure with more game time, or a loan move, he could turn into a brilliant defender.
If so, he’ll have to get used to getting recognised a lot more, although he doesn’t seem to mind.