Emmanuel Frimpong hasn’t had a good year, with his next move in football uncertain.
Without a single Arsenal showing to his name over the first half of the 2013-14 season, the Ghanaian’s time in North London came to an abrupt end on deadline day in January.
After three loan spells, two devastating knee injuries, and just 16 first team appearances since joining the Gunners as a prodigy at age nine, Frimpong was sold to Barnsley for an undisclosed fee.
Whilst Oakwell seemed to hold the potential of a fresh start for the 22-year-old, his time there got off to an inauspicious as he was sent off just 35 minutes into his Tykes debut.
Fast forward a few disappointing months later to the present. Barnsley have been relegated to League One and already released Frimpong - now a free agent with dubious prospects.
Despite the youngster’s outlook appearing bleak, however, FIFA agent Andrea Manfredonia has painted a brighter picture of what’s to come - noting that Frimpong has appeal in Serie A.
“For a 22-year-old boy he has plenty of experience,” Manfredonia told gianlucadimarzio.com. “He’s a very interesting player who could come in handy for several of Italy’s bigger clubs.
“It’s a great transfer market opportunity, because he is out of a contract and holds a British passport.
“We’re proposing him to teams across Europe, he is certainly a great bargain on the market.”
Frimpong will hope that a club, in Italy or elsewhere, see him in the same light as Manfredonia does.
The Arsenal cast-off’s next move will be crucial to getting his once-promising career back on track.
Before he puts pen to paper with a new employer, they’ll have to be convinced Frimpong is ready to put the past behind him and prove his worth as a professional footballer.