Arsenal have confirmed that young forward Kaylen Hinds has put pen to paper on a professional contract today, having represented the club at various youth levels.
The 17-year-old striker has already appeared for the club at U21 level and also featured for England youth sides, and so his new deal is very much reflective of a possible talent for the future.
He joins fellow academy star Chuba Akpom, who rumour has it has also pledged his future to the Emirates Stadium despite interest from both Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund.
Announcing the news via their official Twitter page earlier this afternoon, Arsenal congratulated Hinds on taking the next step towards ending up working under Arsene Wenger with the senior squad.
Though that may seem far off yet it has to be said that the Gunners boss has a famous aptitude for working with young players, and with Arsenal having lacked a natural goalscorer since the days of Robin van Persie fans will be hoping that the future is bright in that department.
Article continues below
As it stands Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck are the go-to-guys in the centre-forward role, with the trio of Lukas Podolski, Joel Campbell and Yaya Sanogo all having left the Emirates on loan last month.
Of those three perhaps only Sanogo will return to fight for a place in the Arsenal first team, with Podolski having been less than flattering of his situation in north London prior to his switch to Inter Milan, and Campbell desperate for game-time that looks unlikely to come whilst he remains in England.
It could well transpire that Wenger looks to buy a proven forward in this summer’s transfer window, with 2014 signing Alex Sanchez thus far having scored the lion’s share of the goals.
Neither of the aforementioned duo of Giroud or Welbeck appear capable of netting the 20+ a season expected if a Premier League side are to compete for the title, and the likes of Edinson Cavani have been mentioned in recent times as possible additions.