Thomas Eisfeld has officially joined Fulham on a permanent transfer as confirmed by Arsenal.com yesterday, ending an unconvincing two and a half year stint in north London.
Certainly the 21-year-old German midfielder made an impression and showed some promise at youth level, but he was faced with the inevitable reality that first team football was out of his reach.
A loan move could have been on the cards, but with Arsene Wenger’s abundance of options in midfield, the former Borussia Dortmund starlet will have even less chances in the forthcoming season especially with the emergence of exciting young talent Geordian Zelalem.
Eisfeld mainly operated as a No10, slotting in behind a striker. He made a telling contribution on debut in the famous 7-5 League Cup victory over Reading in 2012, while he certainly has an eye for goal after his cool finish when scoring his only senior goal against West Bromwich Albion in the League Cup last season. Those were his only two competitive matches for the first team, but he also showed some promise in pre-season while on the Asia Tours.
Eisfeld endured a difficult start to life in north London. There was a lot of Mario Gotze talk during the winter transfer window in 2012, however we ended up with an injured Dortmund youth product who possessed similar promise to the World Cup winning star. He has failed to develop as we had hoped with the Gunners, but is still young and has a fantastic career ahead of him.
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For all parties the move makes sense, best of luck to the lad who has put in plenty of graft during his relatively short spell in north London.