Many young players have come and gone through Arsenal’s doors; not many of them make the splash that fans expect; in fact, as of late, the majority have crashed and burned rather spectacularly.
However, the latest Premier League lines suggest that Jeff Reine-Adelaide might bring something new to the table.
Everyone is expecting the 18-year-old midfielder to do big things at the Emirates. Of course, there is no way to know whether or not he will fulfil the expectations many people already have of him.
Then again, his performances at the Academy were notable and impressive; in fact, he received at promotion just last month in reward for his ostensible capabilities.
Reine-Adelaide has big shoes to fill with a number of academy products have made the leap to the big stage in recent seasons; every one of them most likely hoping to follow in the footsteps of Alex Iwobi and Hector Bellerin.
In Adelaide’s case, he won’t have too wait long to put his skills to the test. The team’s opening Premier League Match against Liverpool ended in disaster for Iwobi and Aaron Ramsey, both of whom sustained injuries; Arsene Wenger might have no other choice but to play Reine-Adelaide at some point if this continues.
While in training at the start of the preseason, Reine-Adelaide was content to wear Mathieu Flamini’s old No.20 shirt; that was probably the clue fans were waiting for to start speculating about the youngster’s upcoming promotion.
Wenger was speaking to ESPN FC at the time when he confirmed Reine’s promotion and place in the first-team squad; you can also see Reine-Adelaide’s name on the squad list when your visit Arsenal’s official site. He’s in with the big boys now.
For Reine-Adelaide, this is everything he ever dreamed of, and the seriousness of his promotion cannot be downplayed. He was purchased last summer when Arsenal ‘didn’t buy an outfield player’ so it would be nice to see him push on and make some of those critics have to eat their words about Wenger’s policy, well, parts of it at least.
There was some speculation that the club would send him out on a loan and that still remains a possibility, although it looks more likely that will happen in January rather than this summer.
Arsenal needs more young and talented players coming through after a lost generation and Reine-Adelaide will find the fans welcoming his presence even if he isn’t a ‘true’ Arsenal product.
He is more than ready to take the next big step and we should all be very excited to waiting for it.