French top club Reims have unveiled Super Eagles eligible Forlarin Balogun ahead of new Ligue 1 season.

The 21-year-old Nigerian striker has been limited to four appearances for Premier League giants Arsenal last season in all competitions before he spend half of last season at Middlesbrough.

Balogun knows he will be struggling to stake a place in Arsenal’s first team with the arrival of Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City and the presence of Gunners’ new number 14  Eddie Nketiah.

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The Nigerian descent joins Reims on a season-long loan and is in search of regular first-team football as Ligue midtable confirmed the move via the club’s official website and social media handle.


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“Folarin therefore arrives in the Cité des Sacres with a solid experience for his young age and showing great promise. Because, beyond the statistical aspect, the 21-year-old striker has many qualities: space management, a sense of depth and lucidity in the last gesture, which is quite rare for a young striker. 

“Swift, mobile, Folarin is a player who provokes a lot, managing to create imbalances through his dribbling and his quality of percussion. The 21-year-old, who is coming out of full preparation and a US tour with the Gunners first team.

Balogun went on to play a bit-part role for Arsenal during pre-season, coming off the bench in the friendly win over Nurnberg in Germany but failing to register an appearance on their successful tour of the United States.

The America-born star who celebrated his 21st birthday in a Nigerian attire last month is still eligible to play for the Super Eagles despite featuring for U21 England at the international level.

Balogun has been handed the number 29 jersey ashops hop makes his mark at Reims which begins with Marseille in Ligue 1 match day one fixture on Sunday at Stade Auguste-Delaune.



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