There have been many cases when Arsenal youngsters have gone out on loan and barely played for their temporary clubs, but Ben Sheaf is enjoying a particularly fruitful spell with Doncaster Rovers this season.
Sheaf has been a mainstay in midfield for the League One side and has produced some composed performances, impressing with his neat passing and well-timed tackles.
Last night the 21-year-old scored the first goal of his senior career as he found the net in Doncaster’s 7-1 thrashing of Southend United.
So far this season Sheaf has built upon the experience that he previously gained on loan at Stevenage in League Two, and he will aim to continue to perform consistently for the remainder of the campaign.
Injuries have often halted Sheaf’s progress at Arsenal, with the youngster, who can also play at centre-back, having spent much time on the sidelines.
Now, however, he is relishing being able to play regularly, although it is still difficult to envisage him getting an opportunity at Arsenal upon his return.
The most likely scenario is that Sheaf will be allowed to depart Arsenal permanently next summer, and the displays that he has produced this season will certainly alert other clubs of the qualities that he possesses.
For now, Sheaf will be focused on making an impact for Doncaster, who have a chance of securing a play-off spot in League One this season.