Wellington Silva may well receive the news he has been waiting an eternity for next month, with the Brazilian winger likely to be granted a work permit enabling him to play competitively in England, but the 20 year old has yet to fully prove that he would be capable of making an impact in the Premier League.
His technical ability is undoubted, but, over the course of four separate loan spells in Spain over the past few years, he has been unable to hold down a regular place in the starting line-up for his temporary sides and, when he has been provided with an opportunity to impress, has often failed to take advantage of it.
The erstwhile Brazil U17 international has to date only featured for Arsenal in pre-season friendlies for the U21 side, but he will be hopeful that a strong second half of the season with Murcia in the Spanish second division could be a springboard towards regular Premier League action next season.
During spells with Levante, Alcoyano and Ponferradina in previous seasons, however, Wellington mustered just seven goals in two and a half seasons, whilst this campaign his only notable contribution was an assist during a rare start a couple of weeks ago.
At present, if Arsene Wenger was forced into making a decision over which young winger he should elevate into his senior squad on a regular basis, he would most likely opt for Joel Campbell, who possesses far more competitive experience than Wellington, has been in superb form this season, and will be hopeful of playing a starring role for Costa Rica in next summer’s World Cup.
For all his silky skills honed during his formative years at Fluminense, time is beginning to run out for Wellington to make the grade at Emirates Stadium. He will first have to work his way into the Murcia side on a regular basis and then make a substantial impression during pre-season next summer in order to take full advantage of his potential work permit.