Zech Medley became the latest Arsenal loanee to experience relegation on Monday, with Kilmarnock dropping down to the Scottish Championship.
Arsenal sent a lot of players out on loan this season, and unfortunately, that made it somewhat inevitable that at least some of them would see their seasons end in the bitter disappointment of relegation.
Then there’s Swindon Town (Matt Smith) and Rochdale (Tolaji Bola), both of whom went down as well. In fairness, Smith and Bola ended their loan spells in January, so they can’t really take the blame for that.
20-year-old centre-back Zech Medley joined the list on Monday, as Kilmarnock suffered a 2-1 defeat to Dundee FC, losing their play-off 4-2 on aggregate.
Similar to Smith and Bola, it would be unfair to put that relegation solely on Medley. Kilmarnock had dropped the defender to the bench in mid-April, and he didn’t play a minute of football for the final month of the campaign.
In all, Medley made 10 appearances for Kilmarnock after joining on February 1st. Combined with his initial summer loan to Gillingham FC, he played 28 times this season, which isn’t bad for a first year in senior football. It’s just a shame how both loans ended.
Medley’s Arsenal contract technically ends this summer, but Arsenal reportedly have an option to extend his deal by a further year, and they’re expected to activate it.