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Hoyte Breaks The Loan Player Curse

Hoyte Breaks The Loan Player Curse

Why is it that every player who Arsene Wenger loans out either disappeared into obscurity or just disappears?

Well not anymore.

Justin Hoyte always seemed to be just on the fringes of the Arsenal squad, highly rated but he just fell that little bit short of breaking into the first team.

His mediocre performances interspersed with half decent efforts meant he frustratingly never really got a consistent run of games, indeed he never really deserved one.

The ominous feeling that I felt upon hearing Hoyte was to move to Sunderland on loan was similar to the air of inevitability that came across me when players such as Jermaine Pennant & David Bentley were loaned out, never to play for Arsenal again.

The Arsenal loan players seemed cursed. Sent out to learn their trade and make their mistakes for another club, it never seemed to do them any great favours, and subsequently, they were sold.

Justin Hoyte now seems to have broken that mould.

The time he spent defending for his life with relegation fodder would surely see him doomed to the nether regions of the Championship, or at best a move to some Premiership dog fighters.

However, the versatile defender seems to have undergone a miraculous transformation, despite his early season form suggesting otherwise.

I myself struggled to believe he could become anything more than a Carling cup player, but to my surprise, and should I say delight, the under 21's international seems to have come of age.

As Arsenal pass the halfway mark of another injury ridden season Hoyte has already featured in 22 first team matches, and while I'm not overly sure of the statistics, that figure probably surpasses the combined total of all his previous seasons.

Arsene Wenger made sure Hoyte knew he had a future at the club with the sale of fans favorite, Lauren, to Portsmouth, leaving only Manu Eboue above him in the pecking order.

I felt Justin's performance against T*ttenham at the Grove on Wednesday was testament to all the hard work, dedication, commitment, perseverance and patience he has shown.

I sincerely hope that Hoyte continues with his football education and development and becomes the player he now looks capable of becoming.

Nice one Justin!

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Date:Thursday February 1 2007
Time: 11:14PM


he most certainly has improved since the start of the season. Arsene always said he was a quiet one, and you got the impression he'd take longer to play himself into that team. But bit by bit, you've begun to see an increase in cnfidence in his own ability, becoming bolder in his forward forays, and more assuredness and tenacity in his defending. I hope he continues to improve - he and his brother are both gooners, and justin seems like the type of player you'd want at your club, just wanting to concentrate on his football... »»Arsene Knows««
01/02/2007 23:34:00
Some players just take longer to adapt tha other, and patience was the key for both player and manager. It's lucky I aint the manager because I would probably have sold him a while ago.....something which recent event prove would have been a huge mistake!
01/02/2007 23:37:00
Nice one indeed. As Winston said, from game to game he has grown in confidence, scored a goal, produced some crosses, overlaps, assists (ask the spuds), improved his positioning and tackling and has done it all the quiet, hard-working and humble way. I am very glad that he is establishing himself and it will be great and healthy competition between him and Eboue. Is there a chance for Kerrea Gilbert? Perhaps.
01/02/2007 23:39:00
Umm....... What about Aliadiere?
02/02/2007 02:13:00
Hoyte is developing well. But the thing is, although he's good defensively, his attacking is poor. He can run into space but that's about it. We looked a million times more dangerous on Wednesday night when Clichy came on for Traore - a proper attacking full back. Hoyte is good but he still doesn't fit the Arsenal mould and never will. A good utility player in all.
02/02/2007 02:40:00
I'm so pleased for Hoyte. So patient, not out spoken, bided his time, worked tirelessly every game, and completely loyal. An absoltely fantastic example of how young English players coming through our youth system should behave. And now he looks brilliant, and imrpoving all the time. Couldn't be more pleased for us fans and him, and obviously Arsenal as a club. Superb.
02/02/2007 03:18:00
aliadiere hasnt had a good performance yet in the premier league no harm to him i hope he does well...but once our injuries are over i think we'll get rid of him at the end of this campaign though hoyte has performed countlessly and in recent games has even been attacking well him and walcott/hleb overlapping well and the goal he scored was a class finish much better than eboue's against hamburg and he also set up the equalizer in the first leg of the carling cup against the spu*s, though i do prefer eboue apart from his antics, i agree he's one of our best young talents atm along with denilson walcott etc etc
Gunner down spu*s,OZ
02/02/2007 03:40:00
"Is there a chance for Kerrea Gilbert? Perhaps." - I thought he played well for us last year in an emergency role...I was surprised to see him get loaned out knowing how precarious our right back situation was going into the season, but Wenger knows far better than me. Anyone know how Gilbert has been doing? And on topic, Hoyte has been superb...he doesn't take unneccessary risks and keeps the game simple. If I was Wenger I'd have half a mind to give Hoyte a run regardless of Eboue's health, until he drops his embarassing antics.
02/02/2007 08:08:00
Justin Hoyte is one of the most improved players this season. I watched him a few times for sunderland last season & he looked well out of his depth. Admittedly they were a poor team but even so, he was one of their worst players. Strange really because he started there really well.
Ashburton Gooner
02/02/2007 08:25:00
As we have always said, if he is good enough he'll get a chance. Top bombing Hoyty boy.
02/02/2007 09:21:00
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