When Arsene Wenger says Jeff ‘The Jeff’ Reine-Adelaide has it ‘all in his locker’, he doesn’t mean it the way he might if he were referring to some former players who were discovered to have ‘borrowed’ a load of footballs from the training ground. That was the boot of a car anyway, not a locker, but still.
What he means is that the youngster has the talent, ability and physicality to make an impact at the club.
The 18 year old was promoted to the first team during the summer, and was on the bench for last weekend’s 0-0 draw with Boro. His only appearance so far this season was in the last round of the EFL Cup when he played 83 minutes of the 4-0 win over Nottingham Forest.
And the Arsenal manager is backing The Jeff to show what he can do as we prepare to face Reading at the Emirates.
“My belief is that Jeff is ready to play because he has it all in his locker – the strength, the physical power, the technical level,” he told the matchday programme.
“He has to add efficiency to his game – that will come with games as well – but he will have an opportunity to show that I am right about him.
“Part of a career is to grab your opportunity when you get it. So for Jeff, tonight could be an important night, but I am confident he will do well.”
Let’s hope so.