Arsenal skipper Mikel Arteta has spoken about the potential of Jeff ‘The Jeff’ Reine-Adelaide, saying the youngster has a real chance of making it at Arsenal.
The 17 year old French-Australian made his debut for the Gunners today, coming on in the 81st minute of the 3-1 win over Sunderland, and in the match day programme the Spaniard outlined how impressed he’s been with the summer arrival from RC Lens.
“I think Jeff has got really big potential,” he said. “He’s got the size. Physically, he’s a strong lad.
“His change of direction is crucial because he can eliminate people from getting close to him so quickly. In addition to that, he understands the game.
“I believe he has all the attributes to become a really good player. He’s still at a young age but he is learning a lot and he really listens to people. He’s doing really well and when he trains with us, you can tell that he’s quite comfortable.
“Jeff seems to handle situations well too. He played in the Emirates Cup where he was brave and took people on.
“I think he really wants it. He is hungry and if you give him time, he could have a really positive career as he has something about him.”
Fine words indeed, and when you consider the last player Arteta waxed so lyrical about was a young chap by the name of Hector Bellerin, it augurs well for the future of The Jeff and, of course, The Arsenal.