What was set to be an eventful end to the campaign for Stephy Mavididi has instead petered out in extremely frustrating fashion.
Having shown much promise with his lively performances for Arsenal at youth level in recent seasons, the striker was sent out on loan to Charlton Athletic late in the January transfer window to gain his first experience of senior football.
The initial signs were certainly very encouraging as, although he failed to find the net for his temporary side, Mavididi tormented opposing defenders, with his fearlessness very much in evidence.
Soon, however, the England youth international was stopped cruelly in his tracks as in late February he suffered a serious hamstring injury that has, in all likelihood, brought his season to an abrupt end.
Mavididi has since returned to Arsenal for treatment and was said to be in tears when informed that his spell at Charlton was over.
The saving grace, however, is that, at the age of just 18, all is certainly not lost for Mavididi. It is hoped that his injury won’t have any long lasting effects on his game and that he can make a full recovery in time for next season.
Another loan spell could well be on the agenda once he is back available but before that Mavididi could well play a part in the EFL Cup, a competition in which he was named on the bench this campaign.
A hard-worker whose game is about much more than just goals, Mavididi’s link-up play has notably improved in recent campaigns, whilst he is also effective at drifting into wide areas and taking on defenders.
It is hoped that this will just be a minor setback in Mavididi’s career, but he will be all too aware that the hugely talented Eddie Nketiah, who has been excellent this season, will be ready to overtake him in the pecking order at any given opportunity.
Mavididi, though, should still get his chance and this setback could well make him even more determined to achieve his aim of making the breakthrough at Arsenal.