This week we take a trip to the Hertfordshire, Arsenals training facility to be precise to take a look at the Gunner’s teen sensation Nico Yennaris. The Leytonstone born midfielder who has represented England under 19’s with further international recognition sure to follow.
He has already been named on Arsenals bench for the Emirates Cup and although unused is widely expected to push for a first team place if his meteoric development continues.
After an injury ravaged 08/09 season Nico bounced back to become one of Steve Bould’s most important players as the under 18’s side retained their Premier Academy League title.
The youngster didn’t stop there and forced his way into the Gunners Reserve reckoning, Neil Banfield starting the youngster in the final 3 Reserve games of the season. Nico playing at right back although, he is looked at as more of a central midfielder.
Name: Nico Yennaris
Born: 23rd May 1993, Leytonstone, England
Height: 1.70m (5 ft 7 in)
Squad Number: 58
Goals Scored: 0
National: England under 19
Goals Scored: 0
Current Ability: 2/5
Potential Ability: 4/5
Only a couple of days ago FA Development Director Sir Trevor Brooking named Yennaris as one of the players he expects to make the break through into the senior England set up in years to come and restore England’s reputation. High praise for a youngster, who not too long ago was allegedly on the verge of being released by the Gunners. Played more games than anyone for Arsenals under18’s last season and is expected to play more for Neil Banfield’s Reserve side this season. Definitely one for the future of Arsenal and hopefully one for England.
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