11 goals in 10 games: Could this Arsenal striker be the next Nketiah?

Folarin Balogun vs Fulham u18s on 1st December 2018, via ArsenalAcademy on Twitter
Folarin Balogun vs Fulham u18s on 1st December 2018, via ArsenalAcademy on Twitter

Folarin Balogun bagged himself two more goals against Fulham u18s on Saturday in a 6-2 win, as he continues his unstoppable form for the Arsenal academy.

Going into Saturday’s match, Balogun already had nine goals and one assist in nine appearances this season. He wasted no time adding to that tally, scoring in the 22nd minute from the penalty spot, before adding another in the second half.

The striker doesn’t get all his goals by stat-padding against the smaller teams either. He’s only failed to score in two starts this season, and he has goals in all four of the most recent London derbies, against Chelsea, Tottenham, West Ham and now Fulham.

Balogun ended up coming off early against Fulham on Saturday, perhaps with the upcoming Checkatrade Trophy match against Portsmouth in mind. The striker has only played one minute of the competition so far, but his recent goalscoring form must put him in line for more chances at u21 and u23 level.

Meanwhile, Yunus Musah also caught the eye in the Fulham victory. The youngster only turned 16 this week, and he celebrated his birthday with a bang, scoring twice and setting up one more. That puts him on three goals and two assists in nine appearances this campaign, an impressive record for his age.

Matthew Smith scored and assisted twice as well, and his creative talents are starting to draw attention, having now set up seven goals in 11 games. Zak Swanson scored the last goal on Saturday, with Ben Cottrell and Matthew Dennis rounding out the assists for the match.

Let’s hope this next generation can prove just as talented as the one that embarrassed FC Vorskla’s senior side on Thursday.