Arsenal loanee Trae Coyle is making a huge impact at Gillingham with assistant coach Paul Raynor describing the youngster as a “threat” every time he’s in possession, according to Kent Live.
While it’s common to see players score against parent clubs on the continent – Monchengladbach’s Hannes Wolf did exactly that against Leipzig last week – it’s fair to say it’s an unusual occurrence in England.
However, in an EFL Trophy clash between Gillingham and Arsenal U21s last night, 19-year-old Coyle achieved the rare feat by firing home a brilliant volley against the side that farmed him out on loan to Priestfield in the summer.
The forward is highly rated at London Colney and spent time training with Mikel Arteta’s first team before professional football returned in June.
And with 13 appearances for Gillingham under his belt, Coyle will return to Arsenal next year with plenty of first-team experience under his belt.
With Gunners coaches watching on yesterday, he could hardly have picked a better time to score his second career goal either.
“We have seen flashes of that (quality) from Trae since he has come in but he is getting used to us now and what we want from him,” Raynor said after the game.
“I thought he had a fantastic cameo performance and made a big difference on Saturday (3-2 FA Cup victory over Woking) and he got his goal on Tuesday.
“He was involved in the play. He showed real pace and every time he got the ball he looked a threat. I am delighted with Trae.”
The likes of Bukayo Saka, Eddie Nketiah and Gabriel Martinelli have featured regularly under Arteta at Arsenal, while Joe Willock is one of the first names on the team sheet whenever the Europa League rolls around.
Can Coyle follow in their footsteps?