Arsenal youngster James Olayinka joined Northampton Town on loan this week, with the move coming rather out of the blue.
It was initially anticipated that Olayinka would continue to play for the U23s for the remainder of this season before potentially heading out on loan next campaign, but it has instead happened rather sooner, even though players who are older than him, such as Robbie Burton, haven’t been loaned out yet.
Olayinka impressed while playing for Arsenal U21s against Northampton in the EFL Trophy, which certainly played a part in the League Two side making an approach for him.
The midfielder was shown straight into action for Northampton just a day after joining and played the entirety of the 3-0 victory at home to Scunthorpe United.
Olayinka caught the eye with his passing and impressed to such an extent that he was named man of the match, which isn’t a bad achievement to mark his first official senior appearance.
Northampton face Macclesfield away this weekend, with Olayinka eager to gain further game time.
There have been some suggestions that the 19-year-old should be playing at a higher level than League Two, but this loan spell will provide him with an introduction to the senior game and could lead to a spell in a higher division next season.