Jeff Reine-Adelaide has revealed he would quite like a role in the centre of Arsenal’s midfield.
- The Jeff has six first team appearances this season
- He signed from Lens for a fee of just over £2m
- Arsene Wenger rates him very highly
Jeff Reine-Adelaide is currently on international duty with Nigeria, and will be hoping to pick up a bit of form while with them. Out of sorts for a while now, it is not surprising given his age and relative inexperience at the top level. Patches of inconsistency are to be expected. How he handles them will make the difference.
Mostly played in a wide role for Arsenal, Wenger likes to put young players out wide so they can learn to control the ball in tighter areas. They can also cause less damage as they learn their trade than if they were in the middle.
“I prefer to play in the middle of the park, as I feel most comfortable there,” Reine-Adelaide told Arsenal Player.
“I get more touches on the ball, which is good as I’m a playmaker and I like to create chances for the team. I can also play out wide, but my favourite position is in midfield.
“It helps cohesion in the squad when you have players who are comfortable in several positions and we have a few at the club who have that versatility.
“They bring a lot to our game. They can break through a defence, make all kinds of passes and also defend in various positions on the pitch so they offer a lot.
“We don’t always put ourselves in another player’s shoes.
“When you play in various positions you begin to appreciate the challenges of playing in different places on the pitch.”