Jeff Reine-Adelaide got his third FA Cup start of the season against Sutton United in the FA Cup and it wasn’t his best performance.
Jeff was involved during the opening exchanges, winding his way through the middle, although he seemed slightly more comfortable edging out right. The 19-year-old didn’t hide and was always looking for the pass, similar to Mesut Ozil.
However, after a while, the France youth international quietened right down, except to pick up a yellow card, and at half-time was Who Scored’s lowest rated player (6.1), equal with David Ospina who practically gifted Sutton a goal when he passed the ball directly to one of their players.
Oddly, the youngster looked out of his depth, which doesn’t make much sense when you consider he featured in Arsenal’s 5-0 win over Southampton in the previous round. He appeared slightly unfit, so maybe it’s lack of playing time while he’s been sitting on the first team’s bench that’s left him a little rusty.
Overall, Jeff completed 45/48 passes, and had 64 touches, which gives him a completion rate of 94%.
On the surface, this seems positive, as he wasn’t misplacing passes and, when he was subbed off, he had the highest pass completion rate of any Arsenal player, but he also wasn’t involving himself in much, perhaps affected by Sutton hitting him hard early on. His passes were successful because they were simple, which isn’t, in itself a bad thing.
The teenager is usually a strong passer who is always at the heart of play but against Sutton, he went missing, which is a shame as it’s really the type of game he should be shining in.
Jeff was dispossessed seven times, more than any other player, which at least partially explains why Arsenal were sloppy in midfield.
Jeff was subbed off for Ainsley Maitland-Niles in the 74th minute.
There’s no issue; every player as off games. He’s only 19 and with experience he’ll improve.
Stats via WhoScored.