Bukayo Saka continues to flourish because the converted full-back from Arsenal offers the 10th assist of the season
Bukayo Saka continues to thrive as Arsenal’s converted full-back offers 10th assist of the season in Premier League victory over Everton
- Bukayo Saka again excelled during Arsenal and won a 3-2 victory over Everton
- The full-back was introduced 18 minutes after Sead Kolasinac was withdrawn
- The 18-year-old founded Eddie Nketiah for a third assist in as many appearances
- Gareth Southgate will no doubt keep an eye on this talented prospect
As Eddie Nketiah rode off to the corner flag, a first Premier League goal of the season, the Arsenal attacker dialed a few numbers and put an imaginary phone in his ear.
A little earlier, the 20-year-old had jumped to the sky and his right foot stretched high enough to lead the Bukayo Saka’s cross past Jordan Pickford.
With that, Nketiah had repaid the faith of Mikel Arteta after the Arsenal boss had started him for Alexandre Lacazette for the second league match.
Bukayo Saka beats Djibril Sidibe during Arsenal’s 3-2 home win over Everton
And with that, their converted left back still had an assist for its bulging collection.
That is now three in his past three appearances, ten for the campaign and counting. No Arsenal player has so many and no teenager can match his Premier League count. It would be no surprise if he had to answer a number of calls next month.
Do many English laggards play with the confidence and quality of this 18-year-old?
Ben Chilwell, Luke Shaw and Danny Rose are all ahead of him in the international pecking order as it is now.
But for a pivotal summer, Gareth Southgate could do worse than blood this prospect of an Under-19 England whose reputation grows with every match. Especially with Nigeria, which is also browsing for its services.
Arsenal players celebrate Eddie Nketiah’s equalizing goal at the Emirates Stadium
For a child of 18 that can be a decision for another day.
For now he continues to cement his place on the left flank of Arsenal.
Saka said last week that he sees his future farther on the field – and that this stint in defense would only make him a better winger.
But if it is not broken, why repair it?
After all, this place has known a few young attackers who have made the conversion to the left easy.
Amid a season of turbulence and mediocrity, the 18-year-old has been a rare beacon of hope.
Saka is preparing as a replacement 18 minutes after Sead Kolasinac’s injury
Yes, like Nketiah, Reiss Nelson and Joe Willock have revived the worn path from the academy to the first Arsenal team.
But nobody has made the impact of Saka. In a few short months he has developed into an important sales point in the development of Mikel Arteta.
The floating, floating Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang offers him the space to shine. Now Arsenal simply has to secure their future for the long term.
Saka is contractless at the end of next season and with each passing week his value on this side increases.
Saka faded in the second half, but he continues to leave his mark on this side of Arsenal
Against Everton on Sunday, the 18-year-old only entered the fight after an early injury to Sead Kolasinac.
It seems that Arteta does not want to use him too much in the past seven days against both Olympiakos and Newcastle.
Here Saka certainly faded during the second half when a little carelessness crept into his game. Fortunately he had already left his mark.
Less than 10 minutes after he came in, the left-hand man worked a meter and laid the ball on a plate in front of Nketiah.
Keep it up and Saka’s phone keeps ringing for some time.