Trae Coyle signed a new contract with Arsenal this week, with the club hoping that he will push on to greater heights next season.
Usually deployed as a left winger but also capable of playing as an attacking midfielder, Coyle has excellent technique and finished last season in impressive form for Arsenal U18s as he helped them to win the southern section title.
At U23 level, though, Coyle has struggled to perform consistently – he has often squandered possession when put under pressure and is still awaiting his first goal at that level.
Next season, given that he will no longer be eligible for the U18s, Coyle is set to step up to the U23s on a full-time basis, and the fact that he has been rewarded with a new deal indicates that the club have much faith that he will be able to fulfil his vast potential.
Injuries have harmed Coyle’s development in recent years, with the youngster having previously been placed in a similar bracket to Reiss Nelson with regards to the quality that he possesses.
With his new contract secured, Coyle now has time on his side to succeed and next season is no longer make or break for him.
However, he will still be eager to perform consistently and with confidence as he looks to get back on track in his quest to make the breakthrough at the club.
If he manages to impress sufficiently then there is a chance that Coyle could even be involved with the first-team in some capacity next season, initially through participation in training sessions and perhaps subsequently being called up for the Carabao Cup or the Europa League.