Aston Villa youngster Arjan Raikhy leaves the club and joins National League side Grimsby Town on loan as per the report in English outlet Birmingham Mail.
The 19-year-old played for West Bromwich Albion from an early age before joining Aston Villa. The Indian descent player has regularly featured for the Villans youth system and was named among the first team members against Liverpool in an F.A Cup third round fixture last year.
According to the report, the youngster spent the first half of the season at Stockport County. But, he was recalled from loan at the start of this year after making only four starts. Raikhy played in the Premier League 2 over the last few weeks and now he has been sent out on loan to Grimsby Town.
The reaction of Arjan Raikhy after joining Grimsby Town:
After the move, speaking with GrimsbyLive the youngster revealed that he joined the club after consulting with the manager. He is happy to make the move and ready to help his team. The 19-year-old also said that he can play in any position in midfield and also like to help his side in defence. He said:
“I’m delighted to be here, I spoke to the manager at the weekend, I was very happy with the feedback. I’m delighted to be here and I can’t wait to help the team. The conversation I had with the manager was very encouraging, I like what he said. I didn’t play as much as I’d have liked in my first loan. That’s why I’m here, to play games and help the team.
“I can play as a number six, eight or number 10. I’m a ballplayer, I like to link up play and create chances. I can also do the other side of the game, I can make interceptions, trackback and win the ball back. I feel like this is the right time to get senior football, it’s very different to Under-23s and Under-18s football.”
Grimsby Town is currently sitting in 10th place in National League and is comfortably way above the relegation spot. Therefore, Arjan Raikhy should get regular playing time at Blundell Park and he should gain experience from this loan stint in senior football to break into the Aston Villa first team.