Eddie Nketiah looks like he could finally get a chance to be involved properly with the first team this season and as part of their series profiling young Premier League talent, he spoke to the Daily Telegraph.
Arsenal fans are itching to see Eddie Nketiah involved with the first team on a more regular basis.
He was recommended by Joe Willock, who described him as ‘sick’ when Chelsea released the forward and Arsenal asked Willock for his opinion. He just can’t stop scoring goals is what Joe told the club when they asked.
Eddie hasn’t let him down.
Although it took him a while to net his first in the Premier League, scoring on the last day of the season really seems to have boosted his self-belief ahead of the new campaign.
“I have always tried to get into goalscoring positions,” he told The Daily Telegraph. “I always want to score goals. I’m a striker, I’m brave, I like to put myself in the places where the chances are going to fall. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don’t, but I like to think most of the time they will go in if you get into the right area.
“It’s something I have developed over the years, but it comes a bit naturally, being eager to do well and eager to score goals.”
It has been widely reported that Chelsea let Nketiah go when he was 14 because he was too small, but the Telegraph report that the player himself doesn’t seem to know why he was released.
What he does know is that signing for Arsenal was the right move.
“When you are younger you don’t really realise, but when I came over to Chelsea, having that experience, it really showed me how serious it is,” he said. “It’s like flicking a switch, especially when you go full-time and see how close you are to making a career.
“All I can do is be grateful for the opportunity to come to Arsenal.
“It has been the right step in my career.”
So what are his plans for his career? That’s simple – “My end goal in my career is to play for Arsenal on a regular basis,” he added.
“I just want to work hard and see how far I can go.”
Now valued at around £7.2m, Nketiah has scored 28 goals, with seven assists, in 38 games for the u23s. He has three goals in 19 appearances (458 minutes) for the first team, with two goals in two games (just 60 minutes) in the EFL Cup.
In the UEFA Youth League with the u19s, he scored three, with an assist, in four games.
For the u18s, he scored 15, with three assists, in 16 games.
Yeah Eddie, we don’t know why Chelsea let you go either…