When he was a schoolboy Trae Coyle was seen as one of Arsenal’s standout young prospects, to the extent that he featured in the UEFA Youth League.
In the ensuing period left-winger Coyle has endured much frustration, with injuries not helping his cause, while Bukayo Saka, who is younger than him, has jumped ahead in the pecking order.
Coyle is evidently still very highly rated at Arsenal, however, as it was announced today that he has signed a new contract with the club.
No longer eligible for the U18s from next season, Coyle, who can also play as an attacking midfielder if required, will be hoping to establish himself as a regular starter in the U23s, something that could well happen if Saka becomes increasingly involved with the first-team.
A former England youth international, Coyle made a significant contribution as Arsenal U18s won the southern section title last season, scoring eight goals and providing six assists.
At U23 level it has been considerably tougher going for Coyle, though, as he has failed to score in 13 appearances and has set up just two goals.
Now, with his short-term future secure, Coyle can look to push on and play with greater confidence.
First-team involvement, even in cup competitions, may seem a little out of reach at present but could easily become more attainable in the near future.
The 18-year-old has excellent close control and will be seeking to recapture the form that made him so highly rated in the first place.