Japanese winger Ryo Miyaichi joined Arsenal in 2011 as an 18-year-old wonder-kid - two years have passed now, and 'Ryodinho' still remains as a prospect due to his injury record.
He impressed everyone in Eredivisie whenever he got chance and registered 12 starts, scoring 3 goals on loan at Feyenoord. He has had 3 different loan spells so far - first to Dutch club Feyenoord, where his playing style attracted comparisons with Brazilian Ronaldinho.
Arsene Wenger thought he was ready for the Arsenal journey, and the skillful winger who has pace, mobility and trickery remained at Arsenal at the start of the season.
Wenger's intention was seemingly to slowly introduce him through reserve matches and in cup games. But in his second comeo apperance in the League Cup, Miyaichi was forced out of action for the next 4-6 months with an ankle injury.
His training stint with the first team proved that he has still a lot to learn before playing for Arsenal. He was send out on loan to Bolton Wanderes in January to get used to Premier League challenges.
He played a total of 14 games during his Bolton stint and put up some brilliant displays on the wing. Miyaichi's exploits couldn't save Bolton from relegation though, and he returned to Arsenal with an FA Cup goal under his belt.
Some fans thought that 'Ryodinho' was ready for Arsenal after his Bolton exploits, but Wenger opted for a season long loan deal with Wigan Athletic. Even though he was expected to make sensational strides in Roberto Martinez's side, Miyaichi had an injury affected season which limited him to just 182 minutes on the pitch in all competitions.
He made it to the starting line-up only once last season in which he was forced off at half time due to injury.
Two ankle/foot injuries marred his career at Wigan, and he is still recovering from the second. For the second consecutive season, Ryo Miyaichi's side got relegated from the Premier League.
Nowadays Arsene Wenger is trying to instill some confidence in the youngster. He played a part in Arsenal's pre-season match yesterday, even though he didn't look fit enough. He also scored a goal from the penalty spot.
"I like his pace, his mobility and his movement off the ball. I like players who can move when others have the ball. There is also his attitude, commitment and desire. That is why I decided to keep him," said Wenger.
Even though he made his Japanese debut in-between, he is yet to add to his international experience.
Even after a promising start to his career, Miayaichi is finding it hard at Arsenal and in the Premeir League. But this is largely due to injuries.
Ryodinho's pace, mobility, tircks and feints with the ball makes him a treat to watch. His ability to play on both wings and use both feet is impressive as well. But the injuries have taken their toll already.
Another loan deal to a Premier League club is needed for the player to recover his confidence. But is there any club ready to take the gamble? The pay-off is potentially huge, but Miyaichi remains a hugely talented prospect.
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