Arsenal forward Theo Walcott is someone who knows all about being thrust under the spotlight at a young age, and the 26-year-old believes that Jeff Reine-Adelaide has what it takes to make it at the club, as reported by Arsenal Player.
Adelaide was the surprise inclusion in Arsene Wenger’s Emirates Cup squad, but the summer arrival from RC Lens didn’t disappoint with an impressive display against Wolfsburg.
Drifting across the midfield, the 17-year-old was surprisingly powerful in possession and set up the winner which was calmly dispatched by Walcott.
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“For 17 he’s confident on the ball and he wants to express himself as well, which is important,” Walcott told our media channel.
“It’s always nice to see a young player not be shy on the ball.
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“He’s still got a lot to learn, but he’s at the best club to do that with the best manager as well. He’s definitely got some skills and he’s very talented, I’ve got to admit.”
With Adelaide training alongside the first team on a consistent basis, Wenger confirmed that he has no intention of sending the midfielder out on loan next season (via Sky Sports).
Given the number of games we’ll be involved in next season, it would be ideal to see Adelaide given a chance in the Capital One Cup and return to our previous policy of blooding youngsters in that competition.
At first glimpse, Adelaide looks a special talent, and hopefully he can sustain a long career with us.