Arsenal fans may be ruefully looking over at Old Trafford and the success Anthony Martial has had in his short spell at Manchester United, but fear not because Arsene Wenger already has the next Thierry Henry at his disposal.
Jeff Reine-Adelaide joined the Gunners in the summer from RC Lens, and quickly made an impression in the Emirates Cup games against Wolfsburg and Lyon.
Some may mock the competition as a glorified friendly, but Jack Wilshere used the tournament to great effect as a 17-year-old in 2009, while Yaya Sanogo did his career not harm whatsoever with four goals over Benfica in 2014’s edition of the tournament.
Wenger has already declared the Frenchman as ‘something special’ and like Henry, Reine-Adelaide is capable in pretty much any role up front.
From playing on the wing, to leading the line or tucking in behind the front man, the teenager is comfortable with it all.
The attacker has also been labelled as one of the 50 best young talents in world football by the Guardian, and there’s plenty of reason to say he’s at the right club with which to develop.
Few can argue with the opportunities Wenger gives young players, Wilshere has become a first-team regular whenever injury free, while Joel Campbell, Chuba Akpom and Yaya Sanogo have also been given opportunities over the last couple of years.
You need only add Cesc Fabregas and Theo Walcott to that list to see that being a youth player at Arsenal can very much become the real deal.
Reine-Adelaide can through the same youth ranks at Lens as Real Madrid star Raphael Varane, and at a tall yet agile 6ft, appears to have the world at his feet.
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