Michael Owen has told BT Sport (broadcast on 17/11; 21:30) that Eddie Nketiah is going to be a goal machine throughout his career after watching the Arsenal youngster score twice for England’s under-21s on Tuesday.
It proved to be an eventful night for the Gunners striker. As well as his brace in the 5-0 win, he also had a second-half penalty saved after being brought down by the Albania goalkeeper.
The result has seen Nketiah move even further clear at the top of the team’s all-time goalscoring charts. And he will be hoping to take that form back with him upon his return to Arsenal this week.
Owen was in attendance to watch the win. And the former Premier League star seemed to be particularly impressed by the way Nketiah bounced back from having his penalty saved before making a big claim about his future.
“He’s very good,” he told BT Sport (17/11; 21:30). “He’s got a real smell for it, hasn’t he? He knows where the ball’s going to drop. I like his movement. I like his hunger to score goals.
“Some players are confidence players. If you miss a penalty and you’re a confidence player, you go missing all game. If you’ve just got pure self-belief, it just shrugs off you and you’re just onto the next one.
“With that type of attitude, with the way he plays, he’s just going to be a goal machine all his career. The key for him is obviously trying to get consistently into that Arsenal team, and then all his horizons are open.”
TBR View: Nketiah has point to prove upon Arsenal return
Nketiah has secured his place in English football history with his under-21 career. However, it is surely fair to say that he returns to the Emirates with a point to prove.
He has scored three goals for Mikel Arteta’s side in all competitions. But he has only found the back of the net once in his last 10 appearances for Arsenal.
He is not a regular starter for the Gunners. And he should arguably get more breathing space than Alexandre Lacazette – who is on his own barren run currently.
But he is not the only exciting young forward Arsenal have in their ranks. So perhaps he is one player who needs to step his game up over the coming months if he wants to live up to Owen’s big claim.