It has been a turbulent few months at Birmingham City but a move for Arsenal youngster Josh Dasilva is on the cards to provide a boost to the squad.
According to BirminghamLive, a loophole in EFL regulations means thats Garry Monk can sign one more player in the summer window and a move is being lined-up for Dasilva despite the club’s ongoing transfer embargo.
The 19-year-old is a candidate to move to St. Andrews on-loan for the 2018-19 campaign – but who exactly is he?
What experience does he have at Arsenal?
Josh Dasilva joined Arsenal at the age of eight and is yet to make his Premier League debut with the Gunners. However, he featured three times under the guidance of Arsene Wenger last term in the Carabao Cup – appearing in victories over Norwich, Doncaster and West Ham.
The teenager was also an unused substitute in a Europa League tie with Red Star Belgrade and was a regular in the Gunners’ U23 ranks last term, featuring 17 times in Premier League 2. and boasting an impressive seven assists.
Where does he play?
Dasilva’s versatility is one of his best assets, as he rose through the ranks playing as a striker before being converted into a midfielder last season, while he also played in a number ten role and out wide for the Gunners.
In the Carabao Cup clash with Doncaster, Dasilva played as part of a back-three after his introduction off the bench but it is as a creative midfielder where the youngster’s future looks set to lie, shown by his impressive return of assists last term.
What is Thierry Henry’s impact?
Dasilva played for Arsenal’s U18 side at a time when the Gunners all-time top-scorer Thierry Henry worked with the youngsters as a coach and the player has stated the France World Cup winner played a key-role in his conversion from a striker to a midfielder.
“Andries Jonker spoke to me and explained that they had seen me play in midfield for the under- 16s and also the way I made chances for others when up front, he felt that I had potential as a midfielder.
“It was a position that I needed to get reacquainted with, and I’m thankful that Thierry Henry spent a lot of time working with me. He explained I had to concentrate on getting the basics right, like tackling, passing and positioning and then my natural style will come out.”
What can he give to Birmingham?
A highly technical player who loves to run with the ball at his feet, Dasilva’s maturity in the final third puts him beyond his peers as he is aware of when to make the killer pass, while his close control helps to provide him with space.
Top-scorer Sam Gallagher scored just six goals for Birmingham last season, which shows a lack of creativity in the final third, and Josh Dasilva can aid that – although this would be his first time away from Arsenal, so he would have to settle into the senior game quickly.