Joe Willock has suggested that Arsenal teammate Bukayo Saka is an amazing player as Aidy Boothroyd admitted, in comments reported by the Daily Mail, that the youngster is getting closer to a call-up to England’s under-21 squad.
Saka has been one of the revelations of the season with the Gunners. He produced a stunning performance against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League. The 18-year-old scored once and provided two assists.
Unai Emery has handed the winger three starts in the Premier League already this term. And he vindicated the Arsenal boss’ decision with a superb assist in the 1-1 draw with Manchester United last month.
He has a number of caps for England’s under-19s. But Boothroyd insisted that he could soon be playing at a higher level.
“He is definitely on the radar,” he said, as reported by the Mail. “I saw him play against (Nottingham) Forest (last month). I know what he’s all about. He’ll do well enough before long.”
And he has been backed by Willock to be a success for the under-21s. The midfielder himself only made his debut for the side during the most recent international break.
“There are so many players coming through the ranks who are thriving with ability,” Willock said. “Saka isn’t in the squad but he’s an amazing player and I’m sure he will be one day.”
It looks to be an incredibly exciting time to be an Arsenal supporter following the England youngsters. If Saka is involved in the next squad, he could be playing alongside the likes of Reiss Nelson and Eddie Nketiah, with Willock in the midfield.
And with those same players – excluding Nketiah – all featuring fairly prominently under Emery, you could understand why Arsenal fans may be very optimistic about the side’s future.