Ben Foster amazed by how Arsenal player has kicked on this season
Ben Foster has told his YouTube channel that he would start Bukayo Saka on the right for England in their opening game of the World Cup, claiming that the Arsenal star is doing things that you would not believe this season.
Saka had to bide his time at the last major tournament. He was an unused substitute for the opening game of Euro 2020. And he was not even named in the squad for their second fixture.
Ultimately, Saka forced his way into the side with a brilliant performance against Czech Republic ahead of the knockout stages. And from there, he did not look back.
Foster would start Saka
It is hard to imagine Saka having to work so hard to get his chance in Qatar this time around. The Arsenal star, once again, goes into the tournament in amazing form.
He has played a vital role in helping the Gunners lead the way in the Premier League. No player in Mikel Arteta’s squad has had a direct hand in more goals in the top-flight.
Foster has suggested that he would pick Saka ahead of Raheem Sterling for the opening game against Iran. He hinted that the 21-year-old is still not getting the full credit for his form for the Gunners this season.
“I’ve got to go with Bukayo Saka. This kid has kicked on yet again this season,” he told his YouTube channel. “Obviously, the Euros, it ended in disappointment for him, missing that penalty. Everybody was wondering whether he was going to be able to kick on and still capture that form.
“My gosh has he kicked on. Arsenal killing it at the top of the Premier League. Bukayo Saka doing things that you wouldn’t believe he can do every single Saturday. His pace, his power, his ability to get forward and score goals, but also work back.”
What should encourage England supporters about Saka is the way that he has taken every challenge in his stride.
He was promoted into an Arsenal side which seemed to be moving backwards. But he did not let that derail his development. And he has continued to kick on and shine now that Arsenal are back amongst the heavyweights in the Premier League.
He has also taken to the international stage so seamlessly. So it is hard to imagine that he will have any problem dealing with the fact that England are one of the favourites to lift the trophy in Qatar.
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