The Wellington Silva express has continued on it moves around clubs in Europe. The Brazilian youngster who arrived with much hype and fun fare in 2011 has been loaned out to Spanish club Almeria, with reports that he has passed his medicals prior to the confirmation of the one year loan deal.
Despite being an Arsenal player for 3 years, he is yet to make his debut for the club due to work permit issues.
The labyrinth nature of Wellington Silva’s time as an Arsenal player is reflected in the number of clubs he has spent loans with. Ranging from Levante (2011), Alcoyano (2011-2012), Ponferradina (2012-2013), Murcia (2013-2014) and Almeria (2014) His has been a case of nomadic loan spells in the highest of orders.
It is underwhelming the path his career has taken especially when the vigour with which Arsenal pursued him before he was signed is considered.
He was signed in 2009 for £3.5 million; however, he was too young to join up with the club, there by delaying his trip across the Atlantic to Arsenal before the signing was finally sealed. It was in 2011 that his signing was eventually confirmed by the club.
His various loan spells has exposed the failings of youth which have been immediately evident by his attitude, and indiscipline where instead of knuckling down to work on his weaknesses, he has gone on to complain publicly at his lack of first team opportunities at the first club he was loaned to. And these attitudinal issues have continued over the course of his various loan spells.
The Wellington Silva scenario represents a part of the club that has not reaped any benefit over the years. The pursuit of youth potentials based on their early promise has not metamorphose into concrete development for several players at Arsenal. The likes of Bolivian midfielder Samuel Galindo, Denilson Neves, Jay Emmanuel Thomas, Henri Lansbury and several others have either failed to feature for the club or failed altogether to fulfil their early promise.
The club will always look to bring in players, into its youth set up, but the likelihood of some these players going on to make a good career for them at Arsenal looks unlikely.
As Wellington Silva joins Almeria on loan for the umpteenth time, he must be wondering whether he will ever get the opportunity to play for Arsenal. With the world class signings coming to the club, that looks unlikely.