Dan Crowley could represent Arsenal again much sooner than had initially been anticipated, amidst reports that his loan spell with Barnsley has ended early.
Neither club have yet confirmed that Crowley has returned to the Gunners, but something certainly appeared amiss when the midfielder was substituted at half-time against Fleetwood Town last weekend.
The 18-year-old, who is regarded as one of Arsenal’s brightest prospects, was expected to remain with Barnsley until at least January, and the youngster got off to an impressive start for his temporary club, setting up a goal on his debut against Chesterfield and also scoring his first professional goal against Everton.
Crowley has been used in a range of positions at Barnsley, including as an attacking midfielder, a central-midfielder and on the right flank, but hasn’t featured prominently in recent weeks.
If the England U19 international has indeed returned to Arsenal then there is a strong chance that he could feature against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Youth League next week, especially with Jeff Reine-Adelaide still at the U17 World Cup.
Crowley is already registered to play in that competition and thrived on the European stage for the young Gunners last season. It looks likely, though, that he will leave Barnsley having made just 12 appearances for the Tykes.
The midfielder, who joined Arsenal from Aston Villa in 2013, is highly rated by Arsene Wenger and featured for the first-team in pre-season.