Journalist Paul Brown reckons that Bukayo Saka is already Arsenal’s most important player.
How has Saka done since breaking into the first-team?
It’s less than two years since he became a regular part of the senior side, and whilst he remains one of their less experienced players in terms of his age, Saka is already someone the Gunners can rely on.
He helped lead Arsenal to FA Cup glory in his first campaign and has already racked up almost 100 appearances – scoring 12 times and laying on 21 more for his teammates, which is an exceptional return considering he played at left-back for the majority of his debut season.
The England international, who only turned 20 earlier this month, has struggled during the early parts of this season, although he’s certainly not the only one in Mikel Arteta’s squad, with his fine finish in the Carabao Cup victory at West Brom his only goal involvement.
Saka, however, did net in England’s recent World Cup qualifier against Andorra – his second in Three Lions colours as he looks to put his Euro 2020 final nightmare behind him.
What has Brown said about Saka?
Whilst Brown has recognised the young, exciting squad that Arteta is currently putting together in north London, he singled out Saka as their key figure.
He told GIVEMESPORT: “They’ve got an exciting core of players. I’d say Tierney and Saka are two that standout. Saka is going to grow into an absolute star, he’s probably their most important player already and at his age, that’s pretty incredible.”
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How good can Saka be?
Whilst Saka, valued at £58.5m by Transfermarkt, is an exceptional dribbler and possesses blistering pace, he must show more quality and become ruthless in the final-third if the Arsenal man wants to become a top attacking player.
He needs to be hitting double figures in terms of goals and assists, but those numbers will surely come once Saka continues to improve.
But at just 20-years-old, the sky really is the limit for Saka, who’ll only get better. And if Arsenal don’t start to progress under Arteta, it’ll surely only be a better of time before the likes of Manchester City and co. come knocking.