Arsenal academy newcomer Nikolaj Moller has been described by Swedish coach Robin Asterhed as a “super talent” with “all the qualities” required by a striker.
The 18-year-old has made quite an impact for the Arsenal reserve side following his arrival from Swedish outfit Malmo in the summer.
Moller, described by the Gunners website as a “powerful striker and prolific goalscorer”, has linked up with the club’s Professional Development Phase this season.
According to The Independent, Arsenal paid Malmo a fee in the region of £450,000 for Moller, with the player committing to a four-year contract in North London.
The 6ft 4in youngster made an immediate impact for Steve Bould’s side with a sixth-minute goal on his debut against Manchester City’s U23s.
Moller has claimed two goals and assist for Arsenal’s U23s so far but, more than that, his performances are attracting more and more attention.
“If you break out all the qualities that a striker requires, Niko has them,” Asterhed, his former coach at Malmo, told Goal.com.
“When he gets a really hard, high pass, he can bring it in at quite high speeds. He can dribble, and when he has the opportunity to finish, he can do that as he has the quality to hit the ball really well. So if you bring all those skills together, he’s a super talent.
However, Asterhed – now at FC Copenhagen – acknowledges that there still are aspects of Moller’s game that need to improve.
“The thing that I think about him is when it comes to a higher level when the space is smaller and everything goes faster, he still has something to develop to connect all those skills together and produce them in the game. He still needs to work on that.”
As is often the case with academy signings, Moller’s arrival at Arsenal went under the radar somewhat, but his talent and hard work, as well as how quickly he’s hit the ground running at Hale End, has got more and more people talking.
Although he’s still young and fairly raw, Mikel Arteta calling him up to first-team during the international break shows that he’s definitely one to watch.
If the Swede carries on impressing and developing at the same rate, we might even see him get first-team minutes later on in the season, perhaps substitute appearances in the cups or nearing the end of the league campaign.