Mikel Arteta admits Hector Bellerin’s performances can improve but was quick to point out his compatriot has been hampered by injuries.
The right-back spent eight months on the sidelines recovering from an ACL injury that required surgery in January 2019 and not long after his return picked up a hamstring problem that kept him out for another seven weeks.
He appeared to be getting back in the groove before the Covid-19 lockdown but a sluggish performance at Southampton has seen people asking questions of his form.
Indeed, that’s exactly what happened in Mikel Arteta’s pre-Sheffield United press conference, when it was put to the boss that the player was looking off the pace.
The boss says the club are trying to help the player.
“He’s had a lot of injuries in the past season that hasn’t allowed him to be very consistent, even in training and the games he’s played,” said Arteta.
“When that happens, the level of consistency in performance always drops.
“But, you know, the effort he puts in, the commitment he’s shown to the club out of the players is always at the top and his performances can be improved.
“Of course, they can do. He’s trying hard to do that and we’re here to help.”
Having started three games in a week since football’s restart, we’d be surprised if the 25-year-old features from the off at Bramall Lane on Sunday.