Arsenal and Barnsley have confirmed that Dan Crowley has returned to London after his loan spell with the League One side was cut short.
Reports emerged earlier this week that the Tykes had been unimpressed with the 18 year old, despite the fact he’d made 13 appearances in all competitions, including 8 starts.
Speaking to the official Barnsley site, their head coach Lee Johnson spoke highly of the young midfielder, saying, “I think Dan’s had a fantastic time here. We’ve really enjoyed working with him. He’s the most talented 18-year-old I’ve ever seen.
“For me, I’m really appreciative to Arsenal. I have nothing but positive words for him as a lad and as a player.”
Which doesn’t sound like somebody unconvinced of his talent – but perhaps there might be an issue with his physical readiness for League One football. It doesn’t appear to be an issue with his ability.
For their part, an Arsenal statement said Crowley ” …returns to the club having benefitted significantly from the experience of competitive league action.”
It’ll be interesting to see if he’s going to play any part in the first team on the back of that.