Because of injury Emile Smith Rowe has yet to play for RB Leipzig following his loan move from Arsenal in January.
However, the midfielder says he’s enjoying his time at the club, and he’s learning a lot from his time in Germany.
The 18 year old enjoyed some fine moments in the first half of the season for Arsenal, scoring three goals for the senior team, but it was felt he could use a move to help his development.
That has been curtailed by an ongoing hip problem, but the youngster is clearly making the most of his time with the Bundesliga club.
“I’m delighted to be here, everyone’s been very welcoming,” he told their official YouTube channel. “It’s like a family here.
“Personally, I think it was going to be a great experience to get minutes in the Bundesliga and it will help me in the future to become a better player and a better person.
“Moving to a new country for four of five months is a good decision to me.
“I’m focusing on getting stronger and whenever I’m ready I guess I’ll be ready to play for the team. Since I came here everyone’s been very friendly, most of the lads speak English as well so that’s definitely good.
“I’m learning German … slowly! … but I’m definitely enjoying it at the moment.
“The goal is to get fit and focus on the rest of the season. I’m having one on one sessions with some of the coaches, they’re teaching me the tactics and helping me with German as well.”
There are suggestions that he might stay there for next season too, but much will depend on what Arsenal do in the transfer market this summer, and how ready Smith Rowe is deemed to be by Unai Emery.
With Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck leaving, there is a need to have homegrown players in the squad, and he’d certainly add to that quotient.
In the meantime, let’s hope he can get fit and make an impact for Leipzig between now and the end of the season.