Southgate praises Saka
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'Fabulous': International manager says one Arsenal man is 'less appreciated', but he's actually 'fantastic'

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England manager Gareth Southgate has lavished praise on Arsenal star Bukayo Saka for the way he has bounced back since his penalty miss in the final of Euro 2020.

The 20-year-old was recently voted as Arsenal’s Player Of The Season for the second year in a row. The last Gunner to win the award in consecutive seasons was Thierry Henry all the way back in 2004.

After the Euros last summer, there were doubts over if Saka would be able to have the kind of impact he has had. There were serious concerns over his confidence and how he would react to everything that happened, but it has to be said, the Englishman has been fantastic for both club and country.

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Southgate was quizzed about Saka’s season and the Three Lions boss admitted that the Arsenal man is probably ‘less appreciated’ compared to England’s other big stars, but he’s a fabulous player.

Gareth Southgate praises fantastic talent Bukayo Saka

The England manager said, as per The Mirror: “I don’t know if it’s a surprise (how he has reacted after Euro 2020), because of how he is. He’s got brilliant support and a great family. His values have been brilliant with him and here, he’s felt the love of the players and staff immediately.

“That will have helped, in the immediate aftermath for him. He’s a fantastic talent. He’s one that’s possibly less appreciated because his profile isn’t quite the same as some of our other attacking players.

“He just quietly goes about his job, but I think you see the consistency of his performances and quality of his play. He scores goals, he makes goals and defends for the team.

“He’s a fabulous kid. If your daughter brings Bukayo home you’d be more than happy.”

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Saka really is a fantastic talent. He has just had a brilliant season at Arsenal and despite only being 20 years of age, he has become a regular in the international setup as well.

The youngster scored 12 goals and provided seven assists for the Gunners last season. He was arguably their best player and deservedly won the Player Of The Season award ahead of the likes of Emile Smith Rowe, Aaron Ramsdale and Martin Odegaard.

England take on Italy at the Molineux this evening. After what happened against Roberto Mancini’s side last summer, Saka would love nothing more than to get on the score sheet tonight, and fans will be hoping he can do just that.

It will be interesting to see if Southgate will keep Saka in the side today.

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