After a couple of brief cameo’s earlier this season, Arsenal’s Mexican prodigy Carlos Vela has all but disappeared from the spotlight. After a productive September, he entered a period of hibernation and hasn’t been seen since. He’s made 11 appearances this season in all competitions (most of them as a substitute) and has notched up 3 goals.
Since Robin Van Persie, Theo Walcott and Niklas Bendtner have returned from injury, it’s been nigh on impossible for the diminutive Mexican to get a game. Without a run-of-games Vela has been unable to build up his confidence and start playing his best football. This in turn has seen some fans suggest that it’s time for Vela to leave Arsenal.
Now the latest news regarding the 21-year-old is that he has become a January target for Bolton Wanderers. Bolton Boss Owen Coyle is keen to bring him to the Reebok and give him some time on the pitch.
Last season the Wanderer’s took Jack Wilshere on loan. At the time Wilshere was a talented player who could pass and move the ball better than about 99% of his age group, but there were questions regarding whether he had the requisite physicality to make it in the Premier League.
His time with Bolton added steeliness to his game. He came back tougher, more confident and ready to compete. Such is Wilshere’s development since his return from Bolton that he doesn’t look out of place in a midfield with both Alex Song and Cesc Fabregas. That Arsenal are still reaping the benefits from Wilshere’s loan move is good evidence to suggest that they’d benefit in the long run from loaning out Vela to Bolton.
Vela has shown flashes of brilliance and scored some great goals, but he has yet to add consistency to his game. Consistency is something that comes with time and as a young player, you want to play as many games as possible to ensure that you’re doing the best you can to further your development.
I’m sure that Vela is chomping at the bit to show Arsenal fans what he can do. Bolton have been playing some great football this season and Vela is a player with enough quality to fit right into their squad.
If Bolton can promise Arsenal that Vela will start plenty of games this season, then I’m sure the move will go through. Coyle will toughen him up, Vela will gain confidence and Bolton will have a quality player on their hands for half a season.
With winners all round, I for one hope that this deal goes ahead.
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