Arsenal’s policy of recruiting youngsters from non-EU countries has not exactly been met with much success. Carlos Vela is now thriving in Spain but failed to establish himself as a regular at Arsenal, Pedro Botelho didn’t feature for the first-team in his five years at the club and a similar fate is set to befall Samuel Galindo, with the Bolivian having not played a single minute of competitive football at any level this season.
Joel Campbell could well prove to be the exception to the rule as he returns from his latest loan spell this summer after an impressive season with Olympiacos and an equally bright performance at the 2014 World Cup with Colombia.
But there is another young winger who will be hoping that his chance of success at Emirates Stadium hasn’t completely expired yet. Wellington Silva secured a move to Arsenal in 2010 amidst much publicity, but has rather dropped off the radar in recent times owing to some unsuccessful loan spells in Spain.
Wellington has spent time with Levante, Alcoyano and Ponferradina and Real Murcia in the Spanish second division where the Brazilian enjoyed considerably more success compared to his previous loan spells. The 21-year-old made 38 league appearances scoring only two goals in the campaign, although the majority of his performances have been mightily impressive.
Now according to Arsenal’s official website, the Brazilian forward; Wellington has joined La Liga side Almeria on loan for the 2014/15 season.
Wellington is finally beginning to develop the tactical understanding to complement his undoubted technical ability, whilst his searing runs and dangerous crosses had helped him maintain his place in he starting line-up for Real Murcia, helping them to the play-offs.
Although he has just two years remaining on his contract in England, but with his work permit problems now firmly behind him, he will be hoping to finally receive an opportunity to prove his worth at a higher level with his new side Almeria being an upgrade to Spain’s Segunda Division where he spent the last season in.