A chance in the Premier League has not passed Ben Sheaf by just yet even if he appears to be a little old for a first-team breakthrough at Arsenal.
Arsenal are planning to loan out young midfielder Ben Sheaf to a club in Europe next season after his impressive spell at Doncaster Rovers comes to an end, according to The Sun (6 April, page 49).
At the age of 22, a Dartford-born prospect is at something of a crossroads in his career.
He appears to have outgrown the rather small pond that is reserve team football but he is also a long way away from challenging Granit Xhaka, Matteo Guendouzi and co for a place in Mikel Arteta’s starting XI.
Sheaf has shone in the third tier with Doncaster, producing two goals and three assists for Darren Moore’s exit. And The Sun reports that Arsenal are already planning to test him out at a higher level with a move to mainland Europe on the cards.
The Gunners have frequently farmed players out to Germany over the years while the Dutch Eredivisie would also represent a fine opportunity for a young, technically gifted central midfielder with an eye for a pass.
Either way, Sheaf will be 23 when the 2020/21 campaign comes to an end. It’s fair to say he will need to really make a name for himself next season if he to push his way belatedly into Arsenal’s plans.
As it stands, he still has a chance before the boat leaves the harbour.