According to reports in the Belgian press, Chuba Akpom is on the verge of signing on loan with Sint-Truidense Voetbalvereniging, ‘better’ known as STVV.
Sport Witness, quoting regional publication Het Belang van Limburg, claim Arsenal were negotiating with their continental counterparts on Sunday and that the 22-year-old could sign for the rest of the season in the coming days.
The move would be Akpom’s sixth loan deal in five years; he’s already spent time at Brentford, Coventry, Nottingham Forest, Hull City and Brighton.
While the youngster has a contract at the Emirates until the summer of 2019, it’s hard to see him working his way back up the pecking order at London Colney. Eddie Nketiah appears to be Wenger’s youth prospect of choice when it comes to attacking options and he’s a long way from usurping established players like Danny Welbeck, Alex Lacazette and, dare we say it, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
What Akpom really needs is regular game time and an opportunity to build on the potential he so regularly showed at youth level. Perhaps Arsenal’s loss will be Sint-Truidense Voetbalvereniging’s gain.
Hopefully, we pack him off with a Belgian dictionary!
Update – how naive we were/are.
pedant’s corner: there’s no such thing as a Belgian dictionary, as no-one speaks “Belgian” in Belgium. Dutch/Flemish in the north (which is probably what Akpom will need); French in the south; German in the far west. ?
— m shepherd (@marcsenal) January 29, 2018