It has been an eventful year for Emile Smith Rowe which has encompassed him being promoted to the Arsenal first-team squad, making his Premier League debut and gaining experience on loan at Huddersfield Town.
Smith Rowe has three games remaining of his loan spell at Huddersfield and after that it will be intriguing to see what Arsenal’s plans are for him going into next season.
The 19-year-old possesses a quality that the first-team could do with at present – his penchant for bursting forward from midfield – although it is evident that he is far from the finished article.
During his spell at Huddersfield Smith Rowe has performed well in the main, but manager Danny Cowley did admit that the youngster isn’t yet capable of starting games in quick succession.
Smith Rowe has built upon the experience that he gained with RB Leipzig last season and will hope that he has done enough at Huddersfield to be afforded chances at Arsenal next season.
Perhaps the best solution would be for Smith Rowe to be part of Mikel Arteta’s squad for the first half of the campaign before a decision is made thereafter regarding where he should spend the remainder of the season.
Having watched the likes of Bukayo Saka, Eddie Nketiah and Joe Willock feature heavily in the Premier League, Smith Rowe will hope that his chance is just around the corner.
While at Huddersfield Smith Rowe has learnt a lot and in the defeat to Luton Town he experienced playing slightly further forward than usual, almost alongside striker Frazier Campbell.
Soon he will discover what Arsenal’s aims are for him next season.