Emile Smith Rowe has been rewarded for his remarkable emergence into Arsenal’s first-team this season, with The Telegraph adding the 20-year-old into their Project 2000 list of Europe’s 30 best youngsters.
It has been an incredible campaign for Smith Rowe. He returned to the Emirates in the summer off the back of a loan spell with Huddersfield.
And he went into late November having still not made a first-team appearance for Mikel Arteta’s side this season.
However, his amazing form around the turn of the year forced Arteta’s hand. He is now a key player for the Gunners, finding himself in contention alongside the likes of Martin Odegaard and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – depending on where he is being deployed.
And he has been recognised for his superb development.
The Telegraph have put together a list of Europe’s 30 best young players which they have updated it monthly since the turn of the year.
And in their latest edition, it is Smith Rowe who has been added to list. The Englishman has been ranked at number 30.
He is one of two Arsenal players included on the list. Bukayo Saka sits at number eight in a group that is led by Erling Haaland and then Manchester City’s Phil Foden.
It has been a difficult season for Arsenal. However, there are certainly some positives to have emerged from the campaign.
Without their struggles, it seems highly unlikely that Smith Rowe would have enjoyed such a prominent role so soon.
Along with Saka and Gabriel Martinelli, Smith Rowe is the kind of player Arsenal can really build around.
And it should come as no surprise if he moves further up the list in the coming months.