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Arsenal look to secure standout academy attacker

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One for the future.

Arsenal v Chelsea - U18 Premier League Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images

After a flurry of moves of Arsenal academy players finding new homes on loan or leaving the club, one of the most promising offensive talents appears to be set to extend his time at the club. The Athletic is reporting that 18-year-old Kido Taylor-Hart has been offered a three-year contract.

Taylor-Hart broke into the U23 side this past season while featuring across the midfield and attacking lines. He made 30 appearances, scoring 11 goals and providing five assists. While he played a handful of matches in the midfield (attacking, center, and as a shadow striker), he is primarily a winger and most effective, so far, from the left (8G + 4A in 16 matches).

He started off the season with the U18s, which was highlighted by a hat-trick against Norwich before spending the majority of the second half of the year in the Premier League 2. Despite the jump in levels, Taylor-Hart scored three times in his final five matches.

If he agrees to a new deal with the club, he could spend the entire ‘21/22 season as one of the U23s primary players, out on loan in League One or Two, or a split season with Taylor-Hart spending the first half away from the academy setup to then be re-evaluated during the window transfer window.

Long-term there is a path for him into the first team. After seeing Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe secure first-team roles over the past two seasons, he should be confident that given a productive ‘21/22 campaign, that Arteta (or whoever is in charge next summer), considers him for the first team for the following season.

Aubameyang has just two seasons left at the club, Willian could potentially leave this summer if Arsenal could find someone to take him off their hands, and it remains to be seen in Reiss Nelson will be able to carve out a role under Mikel Arteta. When you look ahead two or three seasons, Saka, Pepe, Smith Rowe, and Martinelli are likely attacking line options behind a striker, with at least two open spots. Does that mean Taylor-Hart will develop into a Premier League level player? Or course not, but the potential is there, and hopefully Arsenal can secure him for the next few seasons as the long-term picture becomes clear.

Recap:

  • Daniel Oyegoke - Brentford (Premier League), permanent move.
  • Zech Medley - Oostende (Belgian First Division), permanent move.
  • Trae Coyle - FC Lausanne–Sport (Swiss Super League), permanent move.
  • Mark McGuinness - Cardiff City (Championship), permanent move.
  • Ben Sheaf - Coventry City (Championship), permanent move.
  • Daniel Ballard - Millwall (Championship), full-season loan.
  • Matt Smith - Doncaster Rovers (League One), full-season loan.

Look for an official announcement from the club within the coming weeks that Kido Taylor-Hart has signed a new contract securing him as an Arsenal player for the next few seasons. If the deal is done soon, Taylor-Hart could end up on the plane as Arsenal heads to America for the Florida Cup.