By Ethan Ward
This is the start of a series of blogs on Arsenal’s younger player, and I thought I’d start close to home and pick an Arsenal youngster who has the talent to break into the first team in the next couple of years, maybe even this coming season.
The youngster in question is the much talked about Chuba Akpom. He’s a local lad, born in London, so he could become one of our British core that we’ve slowly built up. He is a centre forward by trait but can also play on either wing. He’s just 17 years old and is already leading the line for Arsenal U21’s and England U19’s.
He was just 15 when he made his first batch of appearances for Arsenal U18’s. At the age of 17 he was called up to the U21 team to take part in the newly formed U21 Premier League. He started a majority of the games, scoring 3 times and assisting in as many.
Because of Arsenal’s progression in this tournament, Akpom was given more opportunities to showcase his talent. However, previous to the Manchester United match, Akpom failed to score in the first two games of the Elite Group despite putting in some impressive performances. But fast forward to the present day and Akpom has just scored 4 times in 2 matches.
He recently scored a brace in England U19’s friendly against Denmark. He then returned to Arsenal and scored another brace in their 2-2 draw against Manchester United. I think it’s fair to say he’s hit a bit of form. In that U21 match against Manchester United, apparently, a couple of scouts from Barcelona were present. If true then that shows how good he is – and how mindful of him we have to be. Although I will add that Afobe and Aneke were tracked by Barcelona and they haven’t really made their mark at Arsenal just yet.
Not only has he featured in the U21 league, he also played a huge part in Arsenal’s progression in the NextGen Series. He scored two goals in 6 games to help Arsenal through to the second phase.
It’s clear that from these stats and figures we have a very promising individual.
I’ve talked about his stats which are all very intriguing but I must mention Chuba’s attributes because there are a lot of them. First off, he is big. Not lanky but still tall, he’s strong and built like an ‘Ox’. Because he’s quite tall it gives him an advantage in the air which he uses. He has be known to score a few headers in his time.
Not only is he good in the air, he is also useful with the ball at his feet. He boasts a wide range of skills which he regularly executes with devastating consequences. If his skills weren’t enough for defenders to worry about then he also likes to show off his pace now and again. He works hard for the team and is sometimes guilty of being too unselfish. He is a very good finisher, when given the chance, but one criticism of his play is that he doesn’t get into goalscoring positions frequently enough.
If you want a comparison then I suppose if he reaches his potential then we could see the new Henry. You have to understand it’s a comparison I hate to make as I don’t want to hype him up too much but the similarities are there for everyone to see.
Thanks for reading
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