Arsenal loanee Brooke Norton-Cuffy scored the first goal of his senior career this weekend with a nice finish for Lincoln City.
Arsenal’s youngest loanee this season, Brooke Norton-Cuffy, has made a positive start to life in League One with Lincoln City.
That was true even before this weekend, but the right-back certainly helped his cause with a goal against sixth-place Sheffield Wednesday.
With just over an hour gone and the scores level at 1-1, Norton-Cuffy raced upfield to support a counter-attack. The ball was cut back to him on the edge of the area, and he confidently curled a finish into the far corner.
The England u18 international has quickly established himself in Lincoln, making nine consecutive appearances and five consecutive starts.
Lincoln boss Michael Appleton is certainly impressed, tipping Norton-Cuffy for a Premier League career.
“We’ve got a right back that we’ve brought in from Arsenal who’s not bad also,” Appleton said.
“I think there’s going to be a lot of people who are going to be interested in Brooke between now and the end of the season.
“He’s a player that personally – and I don’t like singling out too many people, but I’ll be amazed if he doesn’t play in the Premier League.”
Football.London report that Norton-Cuffy’s early loan performances are drawing the attention of Mikel Arteta and academy chief Per Mertesacker, who are impressed by the ease of his transition.
It’s still early days for the loan, but these aren’t unique performances. Norton-Cuffy is playing the same way he was in the u23s, he’s just doing it against senior opposition now.
If he can keep up the good form, there could be a pre-season opportunity for him.
Arsenal are in the market for a backup right-back, but they could save themselves some money if things work out for the academy youngster.