Preston North End’s Callum Robinson has given his opinion on Arsenal loanee Stephy Mavididi and he likes what he’s seen so far.
Mavididi, 19, has made his second loan move of the year to Preston North End. In January Stephy moved to Charlton Athletic, however he struggled with an injury that forced him to return to North London after just five appearances.
Now the striker has got his second chance at some first team experience at Preston, and made his debut in the League Cup against Accrington Stanley, playing 53 minutes of what ended up being a 3-2 loss, although two of the goals were conceded when Mavididi wasn’t on the pitch.
New teammate, Callum Robinson, is excited to play alongside Stephy as he told The Football League Paper in their article on Sunday 13th August.
Robinson is 22 and has now spent the best part of three seasons with Preston after a couple of loan spells led to a permanent move last summer.
Callum, like Mavididi, has spent some time with the England youth teams, and he had this to say about the Arsenal youngster: “I’m not the slowest but he’s got a lot of pace. With the games he gets, he’ll end up being a very good player for us.
“He’s quite quick off the mark but if you give him space, he’s got the ability to beat people. He’ll be a threat in behind as well.”
It’ll be encouraging for Stephy himself, as well as the Arsenal fans, to hear that there is already somebody at the club who knows his strengths and can help him settle in, on and off the pitch.
If Mavididi can replicate anything like his form for the Arsenal u23s, where he scored 20 goals in 40 appearances despite still being eligible for the u18s at the time, then it will be a very successful loan spell.
We wish him the best for the season and will be reporting on his progress weekly in our loan watch.