Versatility boosts Nketiah’s chances of succeeding at Arsenal


Reiss Nelson may be Arsenal’s standout youth player at present but he is far from the only prospect at the club who has a chance of succeeding in the long term.

Eddie Nketiah has been prolific in front of goal over the past couple of seasons, with the 18-year-old frequently finding the net regardless of the level he’s playing at.

Having featured for the first-team in pre-season, Nketiah has now gone back to playing for Arsenal’s U23 side and, based on his performances so far this campaign, it surely won’t be too long before he is afforded another opportunity to impress in the senior set-up.

While he is certainly best suited to playing as a central striker, the England youth international is capable of performing effectively in other positions.

Last season, for instance, he demonstrated that he can thrive in the number ten position, playing incisive through-balls forward and also pushing further upfield himself when the opportunity arises.

Furthermore Nketiah can make an impact when used on either flank and it is on the right wing that he has been playing in the past couple of U23 games.

From this position he can use his pace to cause all manner of problems for opposing defences, while he is capable of timing his passes to perfection.

In addition, playing out wide enables Nketiah to showcase his hard-working nature – he can track back defensively and close opponents down with regularity.

Above all, wherever he is played, Nketiah’s determination to make an impact is especially evident, with the starlet constantly seeking to improve.

Such an attitude will surely bode well for his chances of making the grade in the long-term but for now he will be hoping to make his competitive debut for the club in the coming weeks, with the Europa League and the League Cup representing potential opportunities for him to do just that.

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