Arsenal recalled and re-loaned Brooke Norton-Cuffy this week, moving him from Rotherham United to Coventry City.
Just a couple of minutes after that, Arsenal had confirmed the right-back’s move to Coventry City, on loan until the end of the season.
Both Rotherham United and Coventry City are in the Championship, though Rotherham are just one point clear of the relegation zone whilst Coventry are firmly in mid-table.
That’s probably part of Arsenal’s decision, as it’s usually better for a loanee to be playing further up the table. But the main potential benefit will be the 18-year-old’s minutes.
With Rotherham, Norton-Cuffy made 21 appearances (15 starts), a very good return for half a season. But he’d started to drop out of the team in recent weeks.
In their last seven games, Norton-Cuffy had only started twice, and he’d come off early on both occasions. It was a far cry from the start of the season, when he regularly completed 90 minutes.
Even though the Arsenal youngster was still coming off the bench in most games, the Gunners have acted quickly to find him a new club where he can hopefully become a starter again.
Coventry City face Wrexham in the FA Cup on Saturday at 17:30 GMT, and it remains to be seen whether Norton-Cuffy was registered in time for that match.
If not, their next game is away to league leaders Burnley on Saturday, 14th January at 15:00. That would be quite the time to make a positive impression.