'He'll come good': Rio Ferdinand says Arsenal have an incredibly talented youngster in their ranks
Rio Ferdinand has praised Arsenal attacker Emile Smith Rowe for his efforts this season.
The Premier League legend was speaking about the Gunners gem star on the latest episode of Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE.
During the show, Ferdinand and co-hosts Joel Beya and Stephen Howson named their Premier League players of the season.
Smith Rowe was in the running for Young Player of the Season, which Chelsea’s Reece James won.
The Arsenal talent has enjoyed a superb season, registering 10 goals and two assists from 30 Premier League appearances.
Smith Rowe was a key player for the Gunners earlier on in the campaign.
But Gabriel Martinelli’s breakthrough means that the England international’s role is now more rotational.
Ferdinand believes the 21-year-old is somewhat unlucky to not be in the running for the award due to this.
However, the former Manchester United man is confident Smith Rowe will “come good” soon enough.
“Emile Smith Rowe is unfortunate because he dropped out of the team,” said Ferdinand.
“If you had voted at that point of the season he would have been up for the award.
“He was flying, he has double figures, 10 goals and two assists this season, and I’m sure he’ll come good.”
Arsenal will benefit from strength in depth and increased competition – TBR View
It’s not a bad thing by any means that Arteta has given Smith Rowe a more rotational role.
Martinelli has been impressing on the left side of attack, while Martin Odegaard has been shining at No. 10.
Smith Rowe is competing with both on the training ground, ensuring standards will remain high.
Look at Liverpool – they have an abundance of quality in every position and their standards are always high.
In addition, top teams need strength in depth, particularly if they’re also playing in Europe.
Arsenal are closing in on a Champions League spot and will hope to challenge for silverware next season.
So the more strength in depth, the better.
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