Nottingham Forest's Arsenal 'wonderkid' Chuba Akpom experiencing troubles as fan frustration builds

Chuba Akpom

Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom's loan at Nottingham Forest is turning into a disaster.

Ask many Arsenal fans which prospect has the best chance of making through at the club in the future, and striker Chuba Akpom would be a popular response.

The youngster has already featured for the first team, and has been prolific at under-21 level and England youth level.

The problem for him is he has found it difficult to translate his form at youth level to the professional game.

Teething troubles or reason to re-calibrate opinion?

Akpom was much sought after a few weeks ago, clinching a loan move to Championship club Nottingham Forest. Yet his time at Forest has so far been a disaster, and that is not overstating it.

The youngster came in with high hopes, but his arrival coincided with their form trailing off and their faint play-off hopes disappearing.

He has no goals in four starts, in addition to the seven league appearances he made for Arsenal off the bench this season.

The worry is for Akpom, this is becoming a trend, after he made 10 first team appearances for Coventry City on loan last season without scoring a goal.

Altogether he has played 23 competitive first teams games for three clubs now, and has not scored a single goal. 

Meanwhile for Arsenal's under-21 side he has netted 28 goals in 40 appearances. Clearly this form he is struggling to take to the next level, and the increased physical nature of the game is one likely reason for it.

Another problem?

Another problem for Akpom at Forest right now is the patience of fans is already wearing thin. This is because Forest already have a young teenager called Tyler Walker, son of Des Walker, who has just broken through into the first team.

The view is that Akpom's presence is stunting his progress, and while the team have nothing to play for this season now over the last three games, and the Arsenal loanee won't be around next season, seeing the England under-20 striker picked and failing to score is grating on fans.

As seen from tweets from fans after Forest's 3-1 home loss to Watford this week, the view of Akpom is not great.

Even those who are slightly sympathetic towards Akpom are not especially enamoured with him.

Put simply if Akpom is selected by Forest boss Dougie Freedman over the club's final three games, he desperately needs to make an impact.

He is surely feeling the pressure, even just from himself to net his first professional goal, and is not playing with the confidence he perhaps has a youth level, where he knows he can perform.

If he is to make the step up at Arsenal, he needs to show he can do it in difficult circumstances, for that is character building. If he does not, another loan spell surely follows next season, where he will be challenged to break his duck and show that he really can be the player he is cracked up to be.

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