Tyreece John-Jules is reportedly set to leave Arsenal on loan, with the talented young striker poised to join Lincoln City for the remainder of the campaign.
John-Jules is just 18 and the initial feeling was that he wouldn’t go on loan until next season, but he has impressed to such an extent at U23 level that the process has been accelerated.
The England U19 international has scored five times in 12 Premier League 2 games for Arsenal this season and over the past couple of campaigns has also demonstrated his versatility, playing out wide and as a number ten in addition to his preferred position up front.
Despite having been named on the bench for the first-team on five occasions, John-Jules has yet to make his competitive debut for Arsenal, and that is something which he will have to wait a little longer for, but if it does go ahead the move to Lincoln will be extremely useful in terms of providing a gauge of the level that he is currently at.
An additional benefit of John-Jules’ temporary departure is that it would provide further chances to impress for some of the other young attackers for the club.
Folarin Balogun, for instance, would be the undisputed first-choice forward for the U23s and would be called upon if there was an injury crisis in the first-team.
Furthermore, Sam Greenwood, who has mainly played for the U18s this season, would receive more chances for the U23s and first-year scholar Luke Plange could play a more significant part for the U18s.
Overall, loaning out John-Jules makes a lot of sense and would be beneficial not just for him but also for some of the other players in the academy.