Arsenal want to sign Scunthorpe United’s youngest ever player Joey Dawson, according to The Sun.
The 16-year-old midfielder is the nephew of former Tottenham Hotspur defender Michael Dawson and his dad used to play for Scunthorpe too.
The Sun say a move for Dawson could come in either January or the summer. The report also states the Gunners are ‘keen’ to bring him to the Emirates in the hope he can fulfil his potential at one of the country’s top clubs.
He’s yet to play in League Two for Scunthorpe but has been named on the bench five times this season, with the side 22nd in the table. Dawson made his first and only appearance to date when he came off the bench in a 1-0 Carabao Cup defeat to Derby (per TransferMarkt) – an appearance that made him the club’s youngest ever player to turn out for the first-team in competitive action (club’s official website).
After his debut in the Carabao Cup, his manager, Paul Hurst, said: “I think he’s a player with a lot of potential and showed good ability during pre-season in various games at different levels.” (Quotes via Metro)
With Arsenal seemingly in constant financial restraints, it’s important they bring the right players to their academy in the hope they can make it.
We’ve seen Spurs have great success with players such as Harry Kane and Dele Alli picking up lower-league experience and then breaking through, so youngsters showing promise so early are always worth a punt.
If Arsenal can convince him to join in January or the summer, they can send him out on loan to teams who play in a similar style so he can develop without too much pressure before he hits his 20s.
Arsenal should invest in these types of signings more as it could save them tens of millions of pounds in the long run.
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