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Arsenal are interested in signing Derby County left-back Lee Buchanan, according to the Daily Mail.
Buchanan – who scored on his first-team debut for Derby last season – has made 34 league appearances for the Rams this term.
The left-back has made 28 league starts this season, but with another year left on his contract, Arsenal are said to hold an interest in the defender.
Here, we discuss a potential move to the Emirates for Buchanan, and whether he is ready for such a move at the age of 20…
I think that it’s far too early for Lee Buchanan to be playing in the Premier League.
The Derby County starlet is undoubtedly a top talent who is capable of playing in the top flight one day, but I’m not sure that he’s ready yet.
The 20-year-old could benefit from at least one more season in the Championship with the Rams before considering a move to a club like Arsenal.
From the Gunners’ point of view, it’s a move that makes sense but given that he’s not ready for the first team just yet then perhaps a purchase with a loan-back arrangement could be the best solution for Mikel Arteta’s side.
I don’t think Buchanan is ready for the Premier League yet – let alone a club like Arsenal.
Obviously if they picked him up he wouldn’t be starting over Kieran Tierney anyway, but I think Buchanan needs another season in the Championship first.
He’s clearly a talent but I’ve seen him in a few games where he has looked a bit wobbly defensively but more consistency will come with games – after all he’s only 20 years old.
Depending on what happens this weekend though with Derby and what league they will end up in next season, Buchanan may not be at Pride Park at the start of the 2021/22 campaign regardless, but I can’t see him ending up at Arsenal yet.
I’m not convinced that this would be the ideal move for him.
Buchanan has put in some strong performances for Derby County this season, but would he be good enough for a team with the stature that Arsenal have? I’m not so sure.
He’s got his best years ahead of him, and if the Rams were to be relegated into League One, then I would be stunned if he was to remain with the club heading into the 2021/22 season.
He’d be well down the pecking order in the Arsenal first-team, and I think there might be better options out there for the Gunners, with more experience under their belt.