Arsene Wenger has lavished praise on recent teenage acquisition Jeff Reine-Adelaide who arrived from RC Lens this summer and has been included him in the squad which is travelling to Singapore.
Adelaide arrived alongside another French prodigy Yassin Fortune, but the fact that he’s been instantly included in the travelling party with the first team to the Barclays Asia Trophy is interesting.
According to the boss, the 17-year-old currently operates on either flank but can develop into a complete central midfielder. He has also been likened to Aaron Ramsey by reports in the The Telegraph.
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“He is a boy who was born in ’98, that is always a good year for Arsenal,” Wenger stated in an interview with Arsenal Player.
“He’s an offensive player, but he can develop into an all-round midfielder as well.
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“At the moment he plays on the right or left but I think he can develop as a central midfielder as well.”
Having won the U-17 championships with France, the teenage sensation is one of the most highly regarded talents for the Euro 2016 hosts, as The Telegraph suggests.
Wenger built a reputation over the years of poaching the young stars in France before our rivals, by using his knowledge regarding emerging talents from his native country, a strategy he had abandoned in recent years but has seemingly returned to.
The likes of Emmanuel Petit and Patrick Vieira arrived as unknown prodigies and if Adelaide can have half the career his compatriots enjoyed then he’ll become a huge success.