It’s not always easy being a football manager. You have to try and keep everyone happy, even if they’re warming the bench or bemoaning their lack of progress as they try to make the transition from youth team to first team. Many don’t quite make the grade at Arsenal, such is the competition for places, and it appears that this youngster is going elsewhere to try and find a place in the starting XI.
Perhaps it’s a little early to draw comparisons with David Bentley (who had featured for the first team on a number of occasions before leaving Highbury), although the Daily Mirror report that Jason Banton has fell out with the North London club and appears set to sign for Paul Ince’s Blackburn instead. It’s not clear from the report why he has fallen out, although it’s hard to imagine Mr Wenger losing too much sleep about one of his charges jumping ship.
Blackburn boss Paul Ince is set to win the race for Arsenal’s fiery young England youth international striker Jason Banton – and do a ‘David Bentley’ with him.
The top Gunner has had a fallout with the club’s hierarchy and has decided to leave – for a second time – with Ince ready to snap up the 16-year-old who is also wanted by Manchester City.
Banton is desperate to be a success and left Arsenal when he was younger before heading for rivals Tottenham.
But he felt he was not making enough progress and has quit the Emirates set-up again.
Did Banton want a place in the first team already? Perhaps he’s become envious of players like Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott, who are featuring in the first team and playing for their national sides? Either way, it appears as though young players are increasingly patient to get their chance of playing senior football, but often come to regret leaving so quickly, especially at a club like Arsenal.