Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny has made clear his desire to see Jeff Reine-Adelaide establish himself as a first-team player next season.
The talented 19-year-old, signed from French side RC Lens two seasons ago, has impressed many since his arrival in England but is yet to earn a Premier League opportunity.
With the inclusion of UEFA Europa League football for the first time in two decades, Arsenal are likely to rotate heavily for Thursday night fixtures next season and Reine-Adelaide is set to benefit from this.
Despite rumoured interest from Championship side Leeds, it’s becoming increasingly likely that the versatile midfielder will remain in north London next term. He’ll then be expected to battle with other young prospects like Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Reiss Nelson for extended senior minutes.
Koscielny is keen to see his compatriot flourish and when questioned, gave his opinion on the teenager.
On which youngster he personally hoped would establish themselves as a first-team player properly next season Koscielny said, “I hope it’s Reine-Adelaide. He’s a young boy but I think he has a lot of quality.”
“He plays some games every season and I think he can improve a lot. He can learn a lot with us. He has all the quality and after that, it’s in his head to work more and to want to achieve something with this club.”
Originally promoted into the senior side around this time last year, the teenage Frenchman will be hoping that Koscielny’s comments are just the start of something big for his future.
It’ll be interesting to see how things shape up come August, though performances like his against Southampton justify why he’s so highly-rated and why he deserves a chance among the more senior players to consistently impress.