During Arsenal Under-23’s 3-0 win over Brighton on Friday night, Folarin Balogun added to his growing reputation with yet another devastating performance.
The 20-year-old striker had already scored the game’s first goal in the 14th minute, and his penalty, which he earned after an incredible piece of brilliance, put the game out of reach.
Balogun received the ball close to the corner flag and rolled it under his studs with his right boot before firing the ball forward and through Odel Offiah’s knees with the inside of his left foot.
The perplexed Brighton defender pursued Balogun into the penalty area and, in a panicked state, clumsily pulled down his opponent.
Balogun, who was called up to Lee Carsley’s England Under-21 squad earlier this week, was on the verge of quitting Arsenal in January due to a lack of first-team opportunities.
The gifted forward was eventually persuaded to sign a new long-term contract with the Emirates, but he has only made three appearances for Mikel Arteta’s side this season.
In the absence of both Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the American-born striker was handed his Premier League debut on the first day of the season, and he looked out of his depth against a resurgent Brentford.
Balogun then had a cameo appearance against Chelsea and was only given a seven-minute runout against Wimbledon in the Carabao Cup’s final round a fortnight ago.