Time continues to tick on Glen Kamara’s future at Arsenal failing to land a loan deal with FC Twente after January trial.
The 21-year-old Finnish midfielder had an unsuccessful loan spell at Colchester United earlier on during the campaign and it didn’t come as much of a surprise to hear that Arsenal were exercising their recall option.
Given his talent, it made sense that the Academy coaching staff were planning another loan spell to help him develop but it was not to be.
Kamara made his professional debut in a forgettable 3-0 defeat against Sheffield Wednesday at the end of October in 2015. Despite showing flashes of his individual capability, was honest when reflecting on his performance before being substituted at the hour mark.
As quoted by FourFourTwo at the time he said, “I could have played forward a bit more as a holding midfielder; taken more risks and not been too shy – maybe I was guilty of playing it back or sideways sometimes rather than turning and making a pass forwards.”
This was an honest assessment of his individual display and yet, Gunners supporters haven’t seen the midfielder since. A tenacious ball-winning player in the middle, he doesn’t always immediately catch the eye but showed enough maturity to prove he warrants regular first-team football, something that is becoming increasingly harder for even some of the most-experienced players to attain.
All things considered, it’s unlikely that he’ll feature much for Arsenal u23s between now and the end of the season. He’s not seen as a first-team player either.
The fact that teenage duo Jeff Reine-Adélaïde and Ainsley Maitland-Niles have been tipped for big things within the Arsenal set-up represents a missed window of opportunity for Kamara. He was at the wrong place at an unwelcome time two years ago when the Gunners longed for a midfielder who oozed experience and leadership qualities.
If he wants to play elsewhere, they’ll have to negotiate a mutual termination of his contract in the same way they did with Tyrell Robinson recently.