Another game and another goal for Chuks Aneke, with the 20 year old’s strike against Carlisle United yesterday taking his tally to six goals in 21 games for Crewe Alexandra so far this season.
Having failed to impose himself during previous loan spells with Stevenage and Preston North End, Aneke has certainly made an impact for Crewe over the past couple of seasons, with the former England U19 international underlining that he is more than capable of performing regularly at League One level.
Whether he has the ability to perform on an even higher plane is still open to some debate. His current Arsenal contract expires in the summer and, despite the fact that Arsene Wenger has always kept keen tabs on his development, at present it is difficult to envisage an opening for Aneke given the array of midfield talents at Emirates Stadium.
All Aneke can do, with his future at his parent club still somewhat up in the air, is to continue to perform consistently for Crewe and hope that everything else will fall into place. The central-midfielder has always been a player known for his determination to succeed, but, despite his achievements whilst on temporary transfer, it is becoming increasingly difficult to envisage him becoming a regular at Arsenal.
A close friend of Aneke’s also finds himself in something of a difficult predicament, with Nico Yennaris also seeing his contract run out at the end of June. Whilst Aneke has shone out on loan, however, Yennaris has not played a single minute during a five-week loan spell at Bournemouth which is due to expire today.
Despite having once featured as a substitute against Manchester United in the Premier League, it seems as if Yennaris’ days at Arsenal are also coming to an end, whilst Benik Afobe, who has grown up alongside Aneke and Yennaris, will also have his work cut out to earn a new long-term deal, particularly if the club sign another striker during this month’s transfer window.
As far as the rest of the 2009 intake is concerned, Ignasi Miquel has done relatively well at Leicester City but a question mark still remains over his Arsenal future, whilst Daniel Boateng is a certainty to be released when his contract expires in the summer.