Chuba Akpom and Isaac Hayden haven’t always been able to command a regular place in the Hull City starting line-up this season, but both players will be at Wembley for tomorrow’s Championship play-off Final against Sheffield Wednesday.
Hayden may not make the squad for the showpiece fixture, but Akpom is likely to be included amongst the substitutes and the young forward will be seeking to make a major impact if he is thrown into action.
Akpom and Hayden have gained valuable experience out on loan this campaign, with the pair having got out of their comfort zone.
When Akpom assesses his season as a whole, however, the striker will surely be rather disappointed with his return of only seven goals in 41 appearances across all competitions.
Hayden, meanwhile, has featured just 24 times, and it seems clear that, despite learning much this season, both players are still not ready to break into the Arsenal first-team on a regular basis.
Akpom is excellent technically, quick and a direct runner, but he has struggled to find the net with regularity during his loan spells and there are question marks over his consistency.
Hayden, meanwhile, is capable of making precisely-timed challenges from his defensive-midfield position, although he doesn’t appear to be a long-term option for Arsenal given that he can often find himself overrun when subjected to sustained pressure.
Neither player should be written off just yet given that they are still rather young, but this season has been rather frustrating for both individuals.
Next campaign will be crucial for both Akpom and Hayden, as they are set to head out on loan again, with the difference being that this time their respective futures will be on the line.
For now, though, they will simply be hoping that Hull can return to the top flight at the first time of asking.