Sunderland’s Joel Asoro recently admitted that he was shocked to learn of Arsenal’s interest in him.
1. So what would Arsenal be getting if they signed him?
Joel Asoro is a rising stars of Swedish football, and the young striker’s abilities have intrigued scouts from a number of top clubs, including those from Arsenal.
The 18-year-old is a current player with Sunderland, but with interest from the likes of AC Milan, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal, he could be on his way from Stadium of Light very soon.
The young striker was signed by Sunderland in 2015 from Swedish outfit IF Bromma, and has already made a debut his the club.
Asoro played 19 games for Sunderland’s youth setup last season, while making four appearances for the senior side. He scores two goals and grabbed one assist in Premier League 2.
He has played for all Sweden’s youth teams, making 30 appearances and scoring 21 goals. At just 18 years-of-age he has been called up for the UEFA U21 Euros in Poland, making him one of the two youngest players in their squad. He did not play any part against England in their opening game (former Arsenal youngster, Kristoffer Olsson started).
Next, Asoro’s strengths
His pace and dribbling skills are what sets him apart from other youth players.
Quick bursts of pace combined with little flicks on the ball make him a nightmare for defenders as he surges past. He is always looking to make a run behind the defence and his natural finishing is also very well developed.
Next, Asoro’s weaknesses
Asoro is still a raw talent, and he needs plenty of work to further develop his skills and abilities. The truth is, he is at a club that can offer him enough playing time at a high level while also offering guidance.
Due to the fact that he has only made a handful of senior appearances, any major weaknesses are still to show. It’s not yet clear if the player can thrive under the pressure of playing a more significant role in the first team at a club that fights for promotion/to avoid relegation.
Next, Does he have a future at Arsenal?
4. Future at Arsenal
At this moment, the 18-year-old wouldn’t have any chance to succeed at Arsenal. He would need to be loaned out for at least a couple of seasons before he could hope to challenge for a first team spot.
His talent is clear and the youngster has the potential to make it as a player, but with the competition at Arsenal and the demand for performance at a bigger club, there would be very little chance for him to shine.
If Arsenal do sign him, they could get their hands on a potentially very good, if not excellent player, but one for the future who wouldn’t make an impact for years to come.