Gedion Zelalem VVV loan cut short as he heads for U20 World Cup


Via SBI Soccer, comes news that Gedion Zelalem’s loan at VVV Venlo has ended, after he joined up with the US U20’s men’s national team.

The U20 World Cup takes place in South Korea later this month, and the Arsenal man is part of the US squad for the tournament.

They face group games against Ecuador, Senegal and Saudi Arabia, and Zelalem has left Holland for the training camp ahead of those games.

After a moderately successful loan spell with Rangers last season, the midfielder has struggled to make much of an impact in the current campaign.

He made two EFL Cup appearances from the bench, before joining the Eerste Divisie club in January.

Since then he has made just one start, with eight appearances from the bench and scoring one goal, but only played a total of 271 minutes.

Perhaps it’s because VVV had a winning side, which gained promotion to the Eredivisie for next season, but such limited playing time doesn’t augur well for his Arsenal future.

He’s 20 now, and there are whispers that he could be set for a move to Germany in the summer.

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