It was widely expected that Miguel Azeez would be able to secure a move away from Arsenal this summer, but, with the domestic transfer window having closed, such an eventuality hasn’t materialised.
With the transfer window still open in some countries (Tim Akinola has moved to Al Bidda in Qatar, for example) it could still be possible for Azeez to make the switch elsewhere.
However, it appears that Arsenal have taken the first steps in terms of reintegrating the 20-year-old back into the club’s U21 setup.
Azeez has been training with Arsenal’s youngsters in recent days having previously mainly been involved with a group of players that were expected to leave the club.
It will be intriguing to see how prominently he features for Mehmet Ali’s team if he does start being involved again.
Azeez’s usual position is as a deep-lying midfielder, although Bradley Ibrahim has been the main option in that area of the pitch for the U21s in the early stages of the season.
Having been on the fringes of the squad for some time, Ibrahim has waited patiently for his opportunity and has shown some encouraging signs. Arsenal now face a decision over whether to bring Azeez back into the fold as a regular starter or instead use him as a substitute.
A player who gained much praise at youth level, Azeez has found the transition to senior football very difficult, with loan spells at Portsmouth, Wigan Athletic and Ibiza not going to plan.
Azeez will now be looking to get back playing in some capacity and provide a reminder of what he is capable of.