Arsenal attacking midfielder Kaylen Hinds, 19, has been publicly praised for his commendable attitude to life on-loan at Stevenage.
He joined the League Two side in January and has been patiently waiting for an extended opportunity in the senior side. A number of substitute appearances later, the English youngster has finally been given a starting spot in Darren Sarll’s team.
Sarll was full of praise for the Arsenal loanee, following his first start during their goalless draw against Cambridge United.
As quoted by the Comet, he said: “Kaylen has been very unfortunate since he has been here as since he signed, we’ve carried on winning.
“He’s had some excellent sub appearances. I thought Saturday [March 25] was as tough as it got for him to jump into that type of game,” he continued.
Kaylen had some troublesome injury issues which limited his minutes at u23 level this term before sealing his loan switch. Being deployed as a left winger at Stevenage, he’s adapting to a different role within the final third.
Sarll also said: “I thought he acquitted himself very well and I thought he worked terrifically for his first game. I’d have thought it was a culture shock, but the best thing about Kaylen, unlike other young players from top clubs, is his attitude has been absolutely first class.
“He associates himself with the right people. He travels in with Jobi McAnuff, he trusts him and there’s a good mentoring relationship there.”
Stevenage are set to play Colchester United in one of Saturday’s 3pm kick-off’s. They are currently fourth in the league and need to maintain their consistency as they aim for a promotion place this term.
Hinds will be hoping he gets the nod for his third successive start.