Hull City have confirmed that they have signed Isaac Hayden on a season-long loan, but it appears that the 20-year-old won’t be the only Arsenal loanee spending the campaign at the KC Stadium, with Chuba Akpom also poised to link up with Steve Bruce’s team.
Hayden is seeking to take the next step in his development after producing several impressive performances for Arsenal at U21 level in recent seasons.
Speaking to Hull’s official website, Hayden said: “It’s exactly what I need at this stage of my career. This club is an ambitious one, so to be part of this is a great opportunity. It’s a chance for me to prove myself.”
Akpom’s potential loan move is a very intriguing one, especially with the deal set to occur just a fortnight after manager Arsene Wenger said that he had no intention of loaning the forward.
Akpom, who has made nine competitive appearances for the Arsenal first-team, impressed during this summer’s opening pre-season fixture as he scored a hat-trick against a Singapore Select XI. However, his performances in the Emirates Cup last weekend demonstrated that he is still some way from being the finished article.
An England U20 international, this is set to be Akpom’s fourth loan spell after previous stints with Brentford, Coventry City and Nottingham Forest. Despite boasting an excellent goalscoring record at youth level, Akpom is yet to score in a competitive senior match, something he will certainly be seeking to address if his proposed move to Hull goes ahead.
From an Arsenal perspective, the idea of loaning both Hayden and Akpom to the club could well prove to a beneficial one as it will enable both players to settle into their new surroundings very quickly.
If Akpom does depart on loan then it will leave Arsenal with just two available options for the centre-forward position going into the new season in Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott, with Danny Welbeck out injured and Alexis Sanchez not due to return to training until Monday after participating in the Copa America.
Of the club’s current crop of U21 players it appears that wingers Jeff Reine-Adelaide and Alex Iwobi are currently closest to the first-team squad, with both of the youngsters in contention to make the bench against Chelsea in the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday.