Iliev and Bola Loans Could Lead to Permanent Departures – Arseblog News

There were two temporary departures from Arsenal on the day of the transfer deadline, with Deyan Iliev and Tolaji Bola securing the transfer on loan to Shrewsbury Town and Rochdale respectively.

Both moves were certainly necessary. Iliev is 25, which, even for a goalkeeper, is not an age at which an individual should still play at U23 level.

Bola, meanwhile, is 21 and still awaiting his competitive debut as a senior, so this step was necessary for him.

Arsenal have enough coverage for Iliev at U23 level, with the likes of Karl Hein, Arthur Okonkwo, James Hillson and Tom Smith all fighting for playing time.

Meanwhile, as a left-back, Joel Lopez is expected to receive a series of matches when he returns from injury, while Ben Cottrell, who is usually a midfielder, has also been used in defense in recent times.

Iliev previously had spells with Sered and Jagiellonia Bialystok, but this spell in League One is his first loan to England and should help provide an indicator of his level at which he is.

Emiliano Martinez has shown that goalkeepers can still put their time in the spotlight if they are patient enough, but it seems rather unlikely that Iliev will achieve such a feat at Arsenal, especially given the signing of Alex Runarsson, who has his own same age.

Also, Bola doesn’t seem capable of making the breakthrough at Arsenal, with his defensive shortcomings holding him back.

Hopefully both Iliev and Bola can enjoy productive loan spells, and if they are unable to succeed at Arsenal, they could end up getting a permanent change elsewhere.

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