Chief Football Writer of the Sunday Times Jonathan Northcroft joined Jacqui Oatley on the Sunday Supplement podcast and discussed Bukayo Saka’s recent emergence to the scene.
The 18-year-old talent has been one of the revelations for Arsenal in 2019/20 and the youngster has already tallied three goals and nine assists throughout his stay with the senior team. Of course, as Northcroft states, he’s someone with immense talent and potential and he’s consistently shown it during his rise from the Gunners’ Academy, scoring 16 for their U18 squad and six for their U23.
Sunday Times’ journalist believes he’s someone very, very special and he said so on the Sunday Supplement podcast (23/02/2020): “I’m so drawn to this kid, he’s been sensational since coming in and he’s only 18. I think probably you [speaking to Darren Lewis] would have heard the same – a lot of stuff coming out of Arsenal’s Academy about this boy going to be very, very special, but as an attacking player. And then he arrives as a full-back. I kind of liken him to Trent Alexander-Arnold. And I’m not saying, at this stage, he’s another Trent yet, but I think he’s got it in him.”
It’s still fairly early days for Saka and the comparisons with Alexander-Arnold, a Champions League winner, will have to wait a bit but even with that being said, the 18-year-old does seem to have an extremely high ceiling. Indeed, the likes of Gary Neville and Gary Lineker have also purred over him as he looks to establish himself in the first-team.
As per WhoScored, he’s already averaging as many attempted through balls per game as club-record signing Nicolas Pepe (0.1) and as many dribbles as Hector Bellerin (1.4) over the same period, so it’s clear the academy graduate is having a real impact under Mikel Arteta.
Arsenal fans, do you believe Saka can become your own Alexander-Arnold or are those comparisons a bit premature at this point? Let us know in the comments below!
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