Blackpool midfielder Charlie Patino who spent the last season on loan from Arsenal is set to leave the Gunners this summer, according to The Athletic.
The talented youngster had some impressive individual performances during his loan with Championship club Blackpool this past season, however, the midfielder is seeking more first-team opportunities and is set to depart.
Who Is Charlie Patino?
The 19-year-old midfielder is one of the most talented youngsters to play for the former Premier League champions, joining the club at the age of 11. Patino made his senior debut for Arsenal at 17, scoring in a 5-1 victory against Sunderland in the EFL Cup quarter-finals.
Following his impressive performances at the London club and for the England youth squads, the defensive midfielder got his first consistent taste of senior football when joining the Tangerines at the start of this season.
What Happened At Blackpool?
Patino joined the Seasiders with high expectations following his time with the Premier League giants, however, the club unfortunately got themselves relegated, finishing the season 23rd, five points off of the safe spots.
On an individual level, the former Luton youth prospect featured in 34 league games while picking up two goals and four assists during his time in the Championship.
Which Level Is He Ready For?
Spending the last year playing in the second division of English football, Patino showed that he belonged at that level, however, did also show periods of inexperience. At just 19 years of age and wanting to feature regularly, another season in the Championship could be great for his development.
It does come as a shock for such a talented youngster to be leaving Arsenal, but it’s not surprising considering the starlet wants a clear path to the first team. I do feel he may be a year or two away from competing in England’s top division, so a host of Championship clubs should keep an eye on the situation.
With that said, a move aboard could also be good for the player if he fancied a challenge to test himself.