Dan Crowley set to join Willem II

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Arsenal’s youth level exodus is set to continue with Dan Crowley on the brink of sealing a move to Dutch side Willem II.

The 19 year old was a highly rated midfield prospect, but has had disciplinary issues during two developmental loan spells.

His moves to Barnsley and then Oxford United were both cut short, with Oxford manager Michael Appleton saying, “He’s a 19-year-old lad who has fantastic ability, but his professionalism at times lets him down.

“He’s had a few issues at Arsenal and Barnsley previously.”

He spent the second half of last season with another Dutch club, Go Ahead Eagles, and will now play his football in the Eredivisie with the Tilburg based outfit.

Crowley’s departure comes in the wake of Chris Willock’s move to Benfica after he decided not to sign a new contract, while fellow 19 year old Kaylen Hinds teamed up with former Academy boss Andries Jonker at Wolfsburg earlier this month.

While some will bemoan the loss of young talent, it’s clear that Crowley – like the others – was a long way from first team football at Arsenal, and maybe the move abroad will be the right thing for his career in the long term.

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