On this day in 2010, youngster, Sanchez Watt, was loaned out to Southend.
Watt was one of the products of the Arsenal academy. However, he struggled to ever make an impact or progress to the senior team, only ever featuring three times in the League Cup despite his total of 29 youth appearances from 2009 – 2013.
This was partly because the winger spent a lot of time on loan. In fact, after his one-month loan spell with the Shrimpers, he went to Leeds United, followed by Sheffield Wednesday, then Crawley Town before he settled with Colchester United, who then signed him in 2013.
During his two seasons with Colchester, he scored 10 and assisted 12 in 55.
In 2015, Watt signed for Indian Super League club, Kerala Blasters, where he scored two in nine before returning to Crawley, where he remains.
This season he’s made just two League Two appearances.
Watt is a prime example of a player who has potential but can’t seem to hit his stride and ends up bouncing around from club to club. He was sharp and quick for Arsenal’s youth squad but also pretty raw in his playing style, which can go one of two ways and unfortunately it didn’t work out for the now 25-year-old in north London.
It’s a shame but part of football.