All things considered, Joel Campbell has had a disappointing season thus far at Sporting.

Despite showing flashes of individual brilliance which prompted interest from the Portuguese side, he has been too inconsistent to retain a regular starting spot.

Injuries and a lack of form have seen regular minutes hard to come by in recent months. As a result, it’s no surprise the Costa Rican’s future is in serious doubt.

In terms of goal contribution, he has only netted three and created four assists in Liga NOS this season. Despite having a reputation for his workrate, he’s only completed the full 90 on four occasions – suggesting he isn’t improving defensively.

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Sporting’s Costa Rican forward Joel Campbell (L) vies with Rio Ave’s defender Pedrinho during the Portuguese league football match at the Dos Arcos stadium in Vila do Conde on September 18, 2016. (Picture source: Miguel Riopa / AFP / Getty Images)

So, what does the future hold for Campbell?

The winger, 24, will have a year left to run on his existing Arsenal contract this summer. Reports in December suggested Sporting would be interested in completing a permanent move, for a rumoured€10-15m.

Arsenal’s have good attacking depth at the club and this forced Campbell to search for regular minutes elsewhere. It’s unlikely, therefore, that he’d feature in anything more than a sporadic role next season – and we already have Lucas for that.

It’s possible, given his eagerness to pla,y that Campbell could leave in the summer if the right offer is made. There will be a few interested clubs tracking his progress but it’s important he improves.