It’s the transfer window in which we anticipate some exciting arrivals but we’ve witnessed some departures within the opening week of this transfer window, the latest being the young Under-21s goalkeeper, Matt Macey, who will spend the next month in League two with Accrington Stanley.
The move, confirmed on the club’s official website, represents the third piece of business done within this window, following the permanent sale of Kris Olsson to FC Mitdjylland and Podolski’s loan move to Inter. Our injury crisis this season hit all departments, including the goalkeepers and at the time when -both Szczesny and Ospina were unavailable, the 20-year old was Emi Martinez’s understudy for some crucial games against West Brom and Southampton.
Macey’s last game before going off to Crown Ground was the 2 – 2 against Hull in the U-21 Premier League and it will be hoped that he gains enough experience within the next month to mould him into a stronger goalie for the future. He seems comfortable with the move, and is looking forward to gaining a lot from him.
“I’ve been looking to get out on loan all season but due to injuries it didn’t quit happen” Macey said.
“Part of developing into a top goalkeeper is going and learning your trade lower down the leagues and learn proper football, that’s what people say. It’s about adding that competitive edge to your game”
So far this season, the loan system seems to be doing us a lot of good as most of our players have been doing excellently well. MK Dons are witnessing a slight downturn in their fortunes but Benik Afobe form between August and November got many thinking of a possibility of bringing him back to the Emirates even before the loan expires at the end of June. Jenkinson is turning into some kind of undroppable for Sam Allardyce at West Ham, showing great improvement from his previous seasons at the Emirates.
Perhaps the biggest gain has been Francis Coquelin who, only a month ago, was fighting for a spot on the bench at Charlton but is now so rated that neither Arteta nor Flamini is considered first choice by the fans. With the injuries in midfield, he’s come back and shown that players will always give more when they have the confidence that they will play regularly rather than being on and off.
Hopefully, Macey won’t have to return to fill any injury gaps in goal; worse still, not due to any persistent smokes in showers.
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