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John-Jules, Ballard, Osei-Tutu: How are these Arsenal players getting on in the EFL?

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Arsenal are one of many Premier League clubs that have used this season as an opportunity to loan out some of their best young talent. 

The likes of Tyreece John-Jules, Daniel Ballard and Jordi Osei-Tutu have all joined Blackpool, Millwall and Nottingham Forest respectively as they look to continue on their development pathways away from the Emirates Stadium.

In addition to this trio, Matt Smith and Miguel Azeez are also both gaining vital experience whilst on loan at both Doncaster Rovers and Portsmouth in Sky Bet League One.

Getting the game time that they richly crave at this stage in their careers will be crucial to any chance that they may have to make it at first team level for the Gunners.

As usual, the club’s scouting team will be keeping an eye on their progress in the Football League as the season progresses.

Here, we take a look at how John-Jules, Ballard and Osei-Tutu are getting on at their loan clubs.

Tyreece John-Jules

The towering striker has joined a club who are well known for their ability to develop young players under the guidance of Neil Critchley.

John-Jules has however been used sparingly by the Seasiders, with the frontman having only started seven games in the league so far at Bloomfield Road.

He has also yet to have found the net for his new club, which suggests that there is some work to be done in order for the 20-year-old to start hitting the back of the net again.

Critchley is a manager that will give him time to develop and it shouldn’t be too long before Blackpool fans see him hitting top form for their side.

Daniel Ballard

The talented young centre back has had to step his game up a level after embarking on his first ever Championship loan with Millwall this term.

Ballard has already greatly impressed for the Lions so far this term and has played his part in all 11 of their Sky Bet Championship matches, scoring one goal in the process.

His ability to slot into a back three seamlessly has been noticeable and it is clear that Gary Rowett wanted to bring in a player who was comfortable at playing out for the back.

The defender continues to go from strength to strength at the Den and will be looking to impress both Millwall and Arsenal moving forwards.

Jordi Osei-Tutu

The young full back has had a tough start to his stint at Nottingham Forest, mainly due to a hamstring injury that he picked up after playing the first two league games of the season for the club.

He now has the likes of Max Lowe to battle with for a spot in the team and as a result he could be set to fall even further down the pecking order.

His versatility does however make him a valuable asset for Steve Cooper moving forwards and it will be interesting to see what plans the Forest boss has for him.

The defender played out of position at left back during his only two games for the club, so therefore it is hard to judge how big an impact he will have for the Reds so far.


Writer and Journalist for Football League World.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

Article title: John-Jules, Ballard, Osei-Tutu: How are these Arsenal players getting on in the EFL?

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