Injuries may have meant that Yassin Fortune has, so far at least, been unable to be prominently involved with the Arsenal first-team squad but that could be about to change next season.
Fortune is no longer eligible for the U18s and will instead be playing for the U23s, with the French attacker looking to make a major impact at that level and prove to Arsene Wenger that he deserves to be considered for involvement in first-team training sessions at the very least.
Most comfortable as a striker but often used out wide, Fortune is excellent technically and is a fine finisher. That much was in evidence this week as the 18-year-old scored the only goal of the game in the U23s’ friendly victory over Bayern Munich.
The prospect has struggled for consistency during his two years at Arsenal but injuries certainly haven’t helped his cause and, having enjoyed an impressive end to last season, it appears that Fortune is now ready to push on and demonstrate why he is one of the club’s most exciting starlets.
The likes of Eddie Nketiah and Donyell Malen are ahead of Fortune in the pecking order at present, with that pair having been involved with the first-team in pre-season this summer.
However, should Fortune perform to the level he is capable of, the former Lens player will surely be rewarded with a first-team call-up in due course.
Perhaps at some point next season Fortune will head out on loan and it would be intriguing to see how he would fare in either the Championship or League One.
Firstly, however, the main aim for Fortune will be to put a run of games and consistent performances together for the U23s. Achieving that objective should be rather easier now that Chris Willock and Kaylen Hinds have left the club, with Fortune looking to prove why there was so much hype surrounding his arrival at Arsenal.