By all accounts Hector Bellerin has been living a fairytale for the last few years – or, at least, that’s how it should seem. He moved to Arsenal from Barcelona at the age of just 16, and since that point, he’s been able to carve out a relatively successful career for himself in Arsene Wenger’s first team. He’s fast, is able to track back quickly, and at 23 years of age, he should have plenty of time left in the game at the highest level.
Still, with all of that being said, there are more than a few question marks surrounding him. At the halfway point of the season, he’d already managed to rack up four yellow cards which thrust him to the top of the disciplinary charts for the Gunners, which some will see as him showcasing his urgency. If that’s the case, then why have the yellow cards dried up since the turn of the year? No, we don’t want him picking up cards, but something just feels different. One way or another, something in his game has changed significantly.
He’s considered to be one of the most overrated players in the league right now, and you could argue that it feels like he’s lost his drive. For certain players, spells of bad form can lead to a loss of hunger and passion for the game, which would certainly be a description that fits Hector.
He’s been skinned more times than we can count, he looks increasingly miserable whenever he’s seen off the pitch or in training, and he still doesn’t seem to know how to utilise his pace to the best of his abilities. It may be down to the system he’s playing in at the Emirates, but still.
The recent dispute with Mesut Ozil exemplifies the issue perfectly, as does his lack of professionalism. Arsenal fans are starting to showcase their frustrations with Bellerin in more ways than one, and Ozil telling the Spaniard that he ‘talks too much’ was the clearest indicator of them all.
It’s not like he’s a lost cause, but Hector Bellerin just doesn’t look happy in North London.
Do you think Bellerin is fulfilling his potential?