Arsenal loanee Jonathan Dinzeyi finally made his debut for Carlisle United in midweek, helping them to a 2-0 win over Everton u21s.

Jonathan Dinzeyi rises highest to meet a header for Carlisle United (Photo via
Jonathan Dinzeyi rises highest to meet a header for Carlisle United (Photo via

21-year-old Arsenal defender Jonathan Dinzeyi completed his loan move to Carlisle United on transfer deadline day at the end of August, but he spent most of his first month away from the matchday squad.

The centre-back finally got a chance with a start in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday, and it went well. He completed the full 90 minutes and helped Carlisle United to a clean sheet.

Dinzeyi made four clearances, three tackles, won five of his seven individual duels, and completed 85% of his passes – including nine of 12 long balls. Those are impressive statistics for a debut start, albeit against an u21 side in this case.

Speaking afterwards, Carlisle United assistant manager Gav Skelton admitted there had been an adaptation period for Dinzeyi since joining, but this is hopefully the first step towards further integration.

“It’s also good for Jonathan to get out there because it’s been a big change for him coming up here,” Skelton explained. “He’s adapted to the group and hopefully this will help him to feel even more of a part of it.

“He hasn’t had much involvement so far, but he’ll feel better for this, and it was good for us to see him in a game situation.

“He’s starting to really bed into the group, that’s pleasing, hopefully he enjoyed his work, you saw his qualities at times, hopefully he’ll feel better for getting first-team action out on that pitch.”

“It gives both of them (Dinzeyi and Sam Fishburn) a taste, but only a taste. It’s the start of the road for them, hopefully it makes them train even harder than they do and have the bit between their teeth to get in that first team.”