Sheffield United will continue to follow Folarin Balogun’s situation despite an unsuccessful summer move and their signing of Rhian Brewster.
YorkshireLive report that Folarin Balogun will remain a player of interest to Sheffield United over the remainder of the season. They made an unsuccessful enquiry for the teenage striker over the summer, but his Arsenal deal expires next June.
United still couldn’t sign Balogun for free, as his age dictates that a move would be subject to a fee set by a tribunal. But it would be cheaper than signing a similar youth prospect with a long contract.
For now, Chris Wilder’s side are just keeping tabs on the situation before they make a decision. It’s worth noting that they’re still considering it despite signing Rhian Brewster over the summer, though, as that move appeared to end the chances of this one.
Balogun made his first-team debut for Arsenal last week against Dundalk, coming off the bench. He subsequently missed out on the squad for Molde, so his situation remains unclear.
Arteta suggested young players like Balogun would get further first-team opportunities when Arsenal’s situation is more secure in the group stage, but it’s also about consistently making an impression behind-the-scenes.
“The chances will come with what they show us with their performances on the pitch and in training,” Arteta began. “The better results we have and the more clear we are in the group stages, obviously that opens the door a little bit more to give more opportunities to more players that deserve it.
“At the moment we still have some senior players that we cannot give them the time that they deserve because at the moment we have a lot of fit players.”