Arsenal Academy player Miguel Azeez joined Portsmouth on a season-long loan late in August. At the age of 18, the versatile midfielder obviously needs regular game-time to aid his development.
However, as reported by football.london, the club have made sure the agreement includes an option for them to recall the youngster in January, should they need to. Mohamed Elneny and Thomas Partey are both set to miss a number of games that month, and possibly in February as well, due to the involvement of their national teams in the African Cup of Nations, and in that period, Mikel Arteta’s ranks in the middle of the park could be stretched thin. That could open the door to Azeez being given a first-team chance at the Emirates.
Speaking of Elneny, it is now clear that he won’t be leaving Arsenal at the moment. He was a subject of interest from Galatasaray and the Turkish side had a bid for his services rejected. It was expected they would return to the table with an increased offer, but it didn’t happen in time and the window is now closed there as well. The 29-year-old is in the final year of his contract at the club, and it remains to be seen if he signs a new one during the season or leaves next summer as a free agent.
Meanwhile, Azeez is now working with Danny Cowley at Portsmouth, the man who coached Emile Smith Rowe at Huddersfield too. Cowley tipped Azeez to become a ‘top, top player’ in the near future while commenting on his club’s summer recruitment for Hampshire Live in August.
“He is still young, we have all got to remember that he is only 18, he’s not 19 until next month but he’s a confident boy,” the Portsmouth boss said.
“He’s got real belief and so he should because he’s incredibly competent. He’s got fantastic talent.”