Dan Crowley’s loan spell at Oxford United has been cut short by the League One club.
The promising midfielder joined them during the summer on a season long deal, but it seems something has gone wrong somewhere and the 19 year old has been sent back to London.
Quoted by the BBC, Oxford manager Michael Appleton hinted that there might be a behind the scenes issue at play, saying, “I’m certainly not going to lose sleep if Arsenal have got an issue with Oxford United going forward.
“The one thing we are, and will always be, is very professional. Nothing and nobody will ever get in the way of what we’re trying to do from a team culture and ethos point of view.”
Crowley has made 11 appearances for Oxford this season, scoring three goals and picking up two yellow cards.
It’s also the second season in a row where a loan deal involving Crowley has been terminated early. Last year he was due to spend 6 months at Barnsley, but returned to Arsenal in October without any real information being given as to why.
It will certainly raise questions about the temperament of a very talented player, but one who does seem to have issues fitting in.
Last month, Appleton spoke at more length about Crowley’s attitude after he’d been left out of the squad, and it doesn’t sound good.
“There are a couple of issues I want to make sure are addressed in terms of what he does on and off the field,” he said.
“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. It’s all a massive learning curve for him.
“Ultimately sometimes when people step out of line you have to put them in their place.”
It looks like that warning was not heeded, and it’s down to Arsenal to try get him back on the right path.