'Has to be starting in the World Cup': Charles Watts hails 'naturally gifted' Arsenal 21-year-old
Charles Watts has expressed his delight with Arsenal star Bukayo Saka‘s display for England against Germany on Monday night.
Gareth Southgate courted controversy last week when he named the Gunners talent at left wing-back against Italy.
While Saka worked hard, he struggled to make an impact on the game from that position.
It was a different story against Germany on Monday night.
Saka came on off the bench on 66 minutes and played a part in dragging England back into the game.
After the Arsenal ace came on, Germany struck through Kai Havertz, making it 2-0 to the visitors.
And after Luke Shaw pulled one back for the hosts, Saka’s through-ball allowed Mason Mount to draw the hosts level.
Further strikes from Harry Kane and Havertz rounded off the scoring in a 3-3 draw.
Saka nearly won it in the last seconds when he embarked on a powerful run from halfway.
The Gunners 21-year-old forced Marc-Andre ter Stegen into a fingertip stop to keep the scores level.
That was Saka’s 20th cap since being handed his debut just under two years ago.
And Watts loved what he saw from the Arsenal man, singing his praises on his YouTube channel.
“I thought just it was just brilliant watching Saka come on and just basically grab that game by the scruff of the neck,” he said.
Addressing Southgate’s decision to play Saka at left wing-back against Italy, he said: “The thing is, Saka is so good he can play in that position.
“We know he can, we’ve seen him do it for Arsenal before. Saka is so good he can play anywhere, he’s just a naturally gifted footballer.
“As a manager you can turn to (him) and say ‘alright, I want you to play there’, but why would you play him there, I just don’t get it, against Italy.
Watts then suggested that Saka could be used off the bench in attack, but he believes he should be in Southgate’s XI.
“For me, Saka has to be starting in the World Cup, no doubt about it. You saw it yesterday.”
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