Following the signing of Cohen Bramall, Arsene Wenger says it’s important for Arsenal to keep an eye on what’s happening at lower levels as clubs become increasingly competitive in the transfer market.
The 20 year old’s arrival at Arsenal – albeit is a ‘young professional’ – has come via an unconventional route.
Having been spotted by former Gunner Brian McDermott playing for Hednesford Town in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League, his career has taken a huge leap – and although he’s going to feature at youth level, he has a chance that few players get.
Speaking to the official site, it was put to the manager that it’s possible to find players at clubs who traditionally would have few dealings with those at the top of the Premier League.
“More and more,” he said. “You need to scout in the lower divisions because many of them [players] have to go down before they go up.
“And he’s one of them.”
Drawing parallels with Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud who made their top flight breakthroughs in France at a relatively advanced age, he touched on the qualities that saw him take a chance on Bramall.
“Are you ready enough to fight that you are above this level and that you absolutely want to come back?,” he said.
“Players like Giroud and Koscielny have had that test. They are similar to that. Once they get up, they really mean it.
“He is a young, promising left back who has a lack of experience at the top level but who has fantastic ingredients,” he continued.
“He has tremendous pace, a good left foot, a great desire to do well. Overall, he’s a very exciting prospect.”