Good day all. The news that Justin Hoyte may well be moving to Middlesbrough is a sad sight but one that was inevitable. He is a rare breed of Arsenal player, coming through the ranks of our academy from a young age. Both Justin and younger brother Gavin went to my primary school and the latter at secondary school also, so it is even sadder to see youngsters who are just like me, moving away from the club that I love. In an Arsenal era which has been dominated by foreign superstars including Henry, Vieira, Bergkamp, Overmars, Fabregas etc, it has always been nice to see a local boy standing side by side. To see Justin on the pitch with Henry and Fabregas, the players that are idolized globally…just added some realism to my view on football.
Hoyte did very well in the past showing he has potential and as a natural athlete he is typical of a Wenger style player. However, with the recent emergence of Bacary Sagna as a solid starting right back, it is very unlikely he would be able to compete against the French international.
It is sad to see, but in reality it is probably the best for all three parties involved. Hoyte will have a chance to play more regularly and that is what he needs at this stage in his career. Middlesbrough will benefit from a good quality, athletic and young English full back for a decent price and Arsenal will receive money that can be re-invested in areas of the squad that are more necessary.
I have followed his career since his days in the youth and reserve team as it isn’t every day that a person you have come in contact with lives their dream and plays with the superstars of Arsenal. I am sure he will do very well at Middlesbrough if he chooses to go there and I would just like to wish Justin good luck with the future. My brother also ironically lives in Middlesbrough so any advice on the area would be happily provided! I hope that Justin’s hard work, focus and drive remain in the North East and he fulfils his great potential.