Bukayo Saka hasn’t decided if he’ll play for England or Nigeria internationally, having featured for the former at youth level.
18-year-old Bukayo Saka is one of Arsenal’s top academy prospects coming through at the moment.
The winger is currently filling in at full-back in the absence of Sead Kolasinac and Kieran Tierney. His goal and assist record for the youth teams suggests a role further forward is more likely in the future though.
With England, Saka often plays at left-back, which was particularly the case when he was in the u18s. The teenager is currently in the u19 side, but may not stick with the country at senior level.
As well as England, Saka is eligible to represent Nigeria through his parents.
“I am always thinking about it but I haven’t made a decision yet,” Saka told BBC Sport when asked about the two options. “No-one has been in touch but when I make a decision you will find out.”
Saka scored 14 goals and assisted 10 for the Arsenal academy last season, and we’ve started to see the signs he could produce something similar for the first team in future. He has two goals and five assists this season so far.
One thing that could push his goal and assist tallies up would be more time on the ball inside the box. So far, both of Saka’s goals came from outside the box, as well as four of the five assists.
For the fifth assist, he was standing on the line at the edge of the box. The fact he’s even managed seven goal contributions in those circumstances is impressive.
If he keeps playing well the senior national call-ups are sure to follow soon.