Charlie Patino, a promising young player for Arsenal, has signed a loan deal with Championship team Blackpool. He made the step up to the first team last season. He will now head out on loan where he can get minutes and further his development.
Patino made his debut with the club last year in a League Cup encounter against Sunderland. He went on to score in a 5-1 victory. Fellow Hale End graduate Eddie Nketiah scored a hattrick that day. Mikel Arteta hailed Patino after the full-time whistle, calling his goal a “special moment.”
He is a kid that is coming through our system, a lovely kid. He is training with us almost every week. It was a dream. As a debut to come here, to score in front of our fans, a really special moment.
Is Loaning Patino A Good Decision?
However, first-team opportunities are currently scarce. Other than the cameo against Sunderland, Patino could get only one more chance with the senior team.
It will be difficult for the youngster to get any minutes on the pitch other than an odd run-out in the Europa League or cup game. Thomas Partey, Granit Xhaka, Mohammed Elneny and new signing Oleksandr Zinchenko will all be ahead of Patino in the pecking order.
As a result, it will be better if he goes on a loan to a lower division. Patino can get minutes on the pitch, and learn his trade while getting used to the rigours of senior football.
Club executives think Charlie Patino is prepared to further his growth in perhaps one of the world’s most physically demanding leagues. According to the source, the star has recently trained with the first team. Yet, a loan feels like the best option for him at this stage of his career.
It will be intriguing to watch how the teenager performs in the second tier. Blackpool manager Michael Appleton plans to use Patino as one of his primary attacking options.
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