Middlesbrough set to sign Folarin Balogun on loan from Arsenal for the rest of the season
Middlesbrough is expected to sign Arsenal forward Folarin Balogun on loan for the remainder of the season, according to a report by Express found.
Balogun, 20, had been linked with a loan transfer from Arsenal this month. Middlesbrough was among the Championship teams to have been linked and now a report of Express has revealed Boro is set to sign the youngster on loan, with the decision due to be confirmed before the end of the week.
The England Under-21 star has only played twice in the Premier League for Arsenal this season. But he remains a prolific member of their development team having scored 13 goals in 11 PL2 Division 1 appearances this season.
Now, however, Balogun is poised to gain his first real first-team football experience by joining Chris Wilder’s Middlesbrough, who is currently in 7th place in the championship.
Boro has climbed into the top six since Wilder’s arrival. They haven’t lost in their last six games and have won five, with just one point between them and Huddersfield Town in 6th – Boro is just seven points away from automatic promotion spots.
Added firepower …
Although Balogun is unproven, he does look like a real prospect and he will certainly give Wilder some extra firepower on offense.
He’s a dynamic striker who can operate on the flanks or down the middle, and he’s blessed with pace and a sense of purpose too, so he’ll definitely compliment the style of play Wider is implementing at Middlesbrough.
All in all, it seems an enthusiastic signing and Arsenal will be hoping he will have some playing time at Boro, who will be next in action against Mansfield Town in the FA Cup this weekend.