Why Blackpool loan is perfect for Charlie Patino
Charlie Patino is reportedly set to seal a loan move to Blackpool, a move that will only benefit the 18-year-old.
Arsenal young sensation Charlie Patino is reportedly set to walk away from the Gunners. Please don’t worry; it’s just a loan move to Championship side Blackpool.
Jerome Bird first reported the rumors of the youngster joining Michael Appleton’s side, and it seems that was right. A loan is the best thing for the creative midfielder.
He’s unlikely to see much playing time this season for Arsenal outside of Cup competitions and the odd Europa League appearance. What he needs right now is first-team football.
If the loan move goes through, it will do wonders for him. I’m reasonably sure that Mikel Arteta will have a clause in Patino’s contract stating that he must play first-team football.
Last year, Patino scored on his Carabao Cup debut against Sunderland. He also featured in Arsenal’s FA Cup loss to Nottingham Forest but other than that, no first-team football for the midfielder.
So far in his young Arsenal career, Patino has played at U18 level (25 appearances) and U21/23 level (22 appearances) and has shown his supreme quality.
We’ve seen how loan moves have worked for Arsenal players before, and in Patino’s case, this one won’t be any different as Appleton is known for giving young players a chance. Playing regular football is the best thing for a player of his age, not playing in U/2123 teams. Against real footballers in the league.
There will likely be an adjustment period for the 18-year-old but from what we’ve already seen from him, he can’t handle anything.
Arteta would rather send him on loan than have him as a small player. Just look at William Saliba and what his loan move has done for his game. The move could also speed up his development, and next season, when he is just 19, he could feature more prominently in Arsenal’s setup.
The only thing is that Patino needs to see playing time. We’ve seen cases where players are on loan and don’t see consistent minutes.
If the move is complete, only good things can come of it, and with Charlie Patino’s potential, it could be a very successful loan move.