Dan Crowley has returned to Arsenal after his loan spell at Barnsley was cut short by the League One club – according to reports in the Mirror.
The 18 year old was due to spend 6 months with the Tykes, his spell there scheduled to end in January, but has reportedly failed to impress coaching staff there.
Crowley, one of the most highly-rated youngsters at the club, only turned 18 in August and it’s unusual for Arsenal to send players out that early. Normally it’s a sign they’re trying to fast-track the development, but in this case it seems not to have worked out.
It does seem a little odd as he has featured in in 13 of Barnsley’s 18 games this season, making 8 starts and scoring one goal.
It might well be that his return is due to the injury problems at Arsenal with midfielders Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Tomas Rosicky, and Mikel Arteta all sidelined, with doubts over potential right-sided candidates Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after last night’s 3-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.
The youngsters who were called in failed to impress, with Arsene Wenger saying they’re not yet ready to play at Capital One Cup level.
The midfielder appears to have been popular with Barnsley fans, so perhaps there more to this than meets the eye.
— TFS Barnsley (@TFS_Barnsley) October 28, 2015