Jamie Redknapp believes that Granit Xhaka needs to prove himself by having a ‘big season’ this term.
Redknapp doesn’t believe that Xhaka has stepped up to the plate despite Arsenal splashing out £35m for his last summer. Therefore, the pundit reckons he needs to have a ‘big season’ in order to prove himself, saying, “Xhaka was their big-money signing last summer. He needs to have a big season.”
Last season, Xhaka made 46 appearances for Arsenal, scoring four goals and assisting three.
The 24-year-old has already made two appearances for the Gunners this season, including the Community Shield. However, while he won man of the match during Arsenal’s victory over Chelsea at Wembley, he was responsible for at least one of Leicester’s goals on Friday.
He’s already bagged himself three assists this term, two of whichin the game against the Foxes, so it looks as if it could indeed be a ‘big season’ if he continues.
The Switzerland international just needs to be a bit more focused when it comes to his defensive work.
Not that Xhaka should really be paying attention to anything Redknapp says. This is the dude who once said “Arsenal’s width comes from wide areas” and accused Kanu of being 37 when he’d just turned 31.
Xhaka is highly rated by a lot of Gooners and this doesn’t mean that they don’t see his weaknesses, they just simply appreciate his strengths and recognise that the positive aspects of his game currently outweigh the negative.
Now that the young midfielder has settled into life in England, I wouldn’t be surprised if he does indeed have a big season.