Arsenal’s Ryan Alebiosu has completed a loan move to Scottish club Kilmarnock FC, joining for the 2022/23 campaign.

Ryan Alebiosu after signing for Kilmarnock FC on loan (Photo via Kilmarnock FC)
Ryan Alebiosu after signing for Kilmarnock FC on loan (Photo via Kilmarnock FC)

Kilmarnock have confirmed Ryan Alebiosu has completed a one-year loan to the club, after his spell in League One last season.

“It feels great to be here, it is a wonderful opportunity to show what I can do in this division as well as show my home club what I can do,” Alebiosu said.

“I’m not that familiar with the league but I know it is a very good league, it’s very tough and a challenge I am looking forward to.

“I believe I can help the team attacking and defending and hope to contribute goals and assists.”

Kilmarnock boss Derek McInnes also spoke about the deal to the club website.

“He’s a young man but what he lacks in experience in terms of game time he makes up for with endeavour, running power, and athleticism.

“He’s a good size, we feel he will give us good options on that right-hand side, he can play right back, right wing back, and right of a three if needed. While he is young we are keen for him to come here and make an impression.

“We are grateful to Arsenal that they see this as a good move for Ryan and we are hopeful that this is a good loan move all around for Ryan, we are delighted to have him with us.”

LONDON, ENGLAND: Ryan Alebiosu of Arsenal holds off James Furlong of Brighton & Hove Albion during the Premier League 2 match between Arsenal U23 and Brighton & Hove Albion U23 at Emirates Stadium on October 01, 2021. (Photo by Alex Burstow/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Ryan Alebiosu of Arsenal holds off James Furlong of Brighton & Hove Albion during the Premier League 2 match between Arsenal U23 and Brighton & Hove Albion U23 at Emirates Stadium on October 01, 2021. (Photo by Alex Burstow/Getty Images)

FootballScotland initially broke the news of Alebiosu’s loan move to Scotland, writing that Arsenal were looking for a loan to allow Alebiosu to play regular minutes in a competitive league.

Alebiosu previously spent time with Crewe Alexandra, but though that January loan appeared to start well, with Alebiosu immediately breaking into the starting lineup, he then suffered a back injury.

Following two months on the sidelines, the Arsenal loanee returned in time for the final couple of games of the season. In the end, he only made six appearances for Crewe.

Kilmarnock play in the Scottish top-tier, which proved a good stepping stone for fellow Arsenal younger Harry Clarke in recent seasons.

Clarke started his senior career on loan to Oldham Athletic in League Two, but after spending last season with Ross County and Hibernian in the Scottish Premiership he’s now on loan at Stoke in the Championship.

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