One of the more surprising moves of the winter deadline day 2019 was Arsenal youngster Emile Smith Rowe joining Bundesliga side RB Leipzig on loan until the end of the season. The highly-rated youngster has recently been sidelined due to injury. However, prior to the injury, the midfielder had only really featured in the cup competitions and his game time was limited in the Premier League.
Smith-Rowe following in Nelson’s footseteps
I have to say that when Smith Rowe’s fellow talented youngster Reiss Nelson joined Hoffenheim on loan in the summer for this season I was surprised, as he looked like he could have played more first-team football.
However, the move has been a resounding success, with Nelson featuring for the German team on a regular basis in one of the best leagues in the world. He would not have got that sort of experience at Arsenal by playing the odd league game and featuring in cup competitions.
Hopefully, Smith Rowe can enjoy the same kind of success in Leipzig. Looking at the bigger picture it could really aid his development. Young England winger Jadon Sancho is also an example of an English youngster shining in the Bundesliga.
Smith Rowe one of Arsenal best prospects
The 18-year-old midfielder is, without a doubt, one of Arsenal’s best young prospects. He has shown his ability for the younger teams and in flashes in his cameos for the first-team. So many promising youngsters have come through at Arsenal and not made the grade in recent years though.
Despite his immense potential, I doubt many would say that he should be a regular starter in the Premier League for the Gunners. As we all know youngsters tend to go through peaks and troughs of form as they develop into first-team players.
Spell at Leipzig will be a good education
The move to Leipzig will not give the youngster valuable playing time that will aid his development it will also help him mature as a person. The likes of Nelson and Sancho have both talked about how their moves have helped them grow up and mature as people.
These are youngsters with the world at their feet, who sometimes lose their way because they are overhyped or the mental part of the game gets too tough for them. Having a different experience in a new country can only be good for their all-around development.
I hope that Smith Rowe comes back to north London in the summer having become a better player for his experience in Germany.
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