Rio Ferdinand has delivered huge praise of Arsenal youngster Bukayo Saka after his emergence at the Emirates Stadium.
The 18-year-old has made a real breakthrough in the Gunners first-team this campaign after stepping up from the academy.
He’s usually players as a left-winger growing up, but an injury crisis at left-back this season has given him plenty of chances in the senior group.
Saka has now played 22 first-team games this Eason, scoring three goals and supplying six assists in return.
The Englishman has really caught the eye at full-back with his mature displays and the rapid star gives real pace to the team with his attacking runs.
He scored in the 2-1 win away to Bournemouth on Monday night in the FA Cup and afterwards earned real praise from former England international Ferdinand.
“I think Saka needs a special mention this kid he’s been a breath of fresh air coming in. How quick he is, he’s confident as well, he plays the ball forward when he gets it runs forward,” Ferdinand said, as quoted by BT Sport on Twitter.
Saka has made an amazing start to life at Arsenal, especially considering he’s been playing out of position in a defensive role.
The teenager is finally getting the recognition after coming through the academy and it’s hard to imagine him dropping out of the first-team picture now.
His versatility has clearly helped him get chances to impress, but his long-term goal will surely be to make it as a winger in Mikel Arteta’s team.
Saka needs to continue seizing the chances at the moment and he’s one of the biggest positives to come out of Arsenal’s season so far.