Former Arsenal academy youngster Yunus Musah is impressing with new club Valencia, after playing his first couple of games for their youth team.
Musah turned down the opportunity to sign scholarship terms with Arsenal this summer, instead opting to move to Spain and join Valencia.
The 16-year-old midfielder made his debut for Valencia Mestalla in a 2-0 defeat to RKC Waalwijk but helped them bounce back with a win over UD Ibiza at the weekend. He scored the second goal of the match, which ended up making the difference in a 2-1 win.
You can watch Musah’s goal in the video below (starting from 0:20):
As we’ve mentioned in previous articles on Musah’s departure, there really isn’t much more Arsenal could’ve done to keep him.
Despite still only being 16 years old, Musah had already made 18 appearances at u18 level for Arsenal by the end of last season. If anything, that’s a lot more than you’d expect for a player at his age.
Sometimes young players just feel they have a better chance of success somewhere else, and Musah clearly believes Valencia is the place to further progress his career.
With that said, it’s great to see another player developed by Arsenal having an impact. The academy is producing plenty of top talents at the moment, so much so that it’s inevitable a few will end up leaving.
Musah will surely continue to impress with Valencia this season, and maybe someday he’ll consider a return to North London.