20-year-old Dutch goalkeeper Guy Smit has been handed a two week trial period by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, ahead of a potential free transfer to North London this summer.
The young stopper is currently out of contract, and as well as receiving a trial offer from the Gunners he has also been contacted by Championship clubs, including Brighton, who are very much in the race to sign Smit.
Smit was previously at Eredivisie side NEC Nijmegen after joining them from Vitesse only last summer. He played in the NEC U21s side but failed to make an appearance for the senior team before choosing not to renew his contract with the club. It now appears that the youngster will be moving away from Holland to pursue a career in England.
Wenger looking at youth again
For many Arsenal fans it may be a frustrating sign once again that Wenger is looking in the direction of youth, instead of the marquee striker signing that the club so desperately seeks. The Premier League side have already recently signed Japenese starlet Takuma Asano, but Smit looks set to become the latest in line of unknown youth players to sign providing his trial goes according to plan.
However it could be a cunning plan from the Arsenal boss to bolster his goalkeeping ranks if Wojciech Szczesny rejoins Roma and David Ospina leaves the club as rumoured. If both were to leave it would put the Gunners in a predicament where Emi Martinez, who enjoyed a loan spell at Wolves last year, and Matt Macey, who was in and around the first team last season, being the only back-up keepers.
Therefore Smit may indeed be a wise signing, especially if he gets to develop under the watchful eye of Petr Cech who is heading into his second campaign at the Emirates.