Oxford United have successfully completed the season-long loan of Arsenal youngster Daniel Crowley.
The 18-year-old will be sent out to experience League One life for a second consecutive season, after completing a loan spell at Barnsley during the 2015/16 campaign.
Having signed the deal with Oxford United, who are new boys in the third tier of English football, Crowley will be hoping for a regular string of games with the U’s.
Things looked bright towards the start of last season during his loan at Barnsley, but as the season progressed he was out of favour over some of the more experienced squad members.
Often likened to that of Jack Wilshere for his ability to turn defence into attack, Crowley is still waiting to make his mark on the first team, and will have to wait another year at least.
Despite a successful array of appearances during Arsenal’s friendlies in recent seasons, Arsene Wenger recently stated that the youngster needs to step up on a physical level.
In a follow-up interview to that remark, Crowley expressed his desire to do everything he can to follow in the footsteps of some of the former youngsters who are now well established in the first team.
The deal means that the former Aston Villa academy graduate will miss this summer’s pre-season tour to USA, with the likes of Gedion Zelalem and Jon Toral expected to take his spot.
Crowley joins goalkeeper Ryan Huddart in moving out on loan already this summer, with the shot-stopper securing a spot at non-league Eastleigh in early May.