Arsenal’s recent jeopardy doesn’t decrease their value or class as a club who gives opportunity to their raw, young academy talents in the universal stage. There have been a few academy lads that have donned in the first team shirt and Arsenal may have found another of their own who may well be in the first team radar in near future, Jeff Reine-Adelaide.
Jeff was born on 17th January, 1998 in Champigny-sur-Marne of France.
Arrival at Arsenal:
Reine-Adelaide joined Arsenal in the summer of 2015 from Ligue 2 outfit RC Lens. He along with Yassine Fortune cost 3 million pounds for Arsenal.
Where he plays:
Jeff Reine-Adelaide is mainly an attacking midfielder who is most suited in a 3 men forward line that supports a Striker. He has the capabilities to play in the central attacking midfield role but in his limited matches he has featured, Wenger has used him in the left hand side of the attack.
Being an attacking player, Jeff has all the traits to threaten a defense. In the cup matches he has played for Arsenal he has shown his quality and potential which is indeed very positive. He has pace and he can dribble pass the defenders with agility. One of his trademark move is a drag-back that leaves defenders lunging at the ball and left flat-footed as he bursts away with his rangy stride. He also possess a good vision and that’s why his manager thinks of him as a ‘special’ talent. As a 19 year old, the young Frenchman also reads the game well and can hold the ball and play along with his swift passing and movements. He is a technically gifted player whose creativity and rapid thinking may well serve Arsenal for good in the coming days.
Debut for Arsenal:
Reine-Adelaide made his professional debut for Arsenal on 9 January 2016 against Sunderland in the FA Cup, coming on as an 81st-minute substitute for Joel Campbell in a 3–1 win at the Emirates Stadium.
So far he has made 8 appearances for the Gunners, all in cup competitions. He has been named on the bench for many Premier League and Champions League games but never got a chance to get a nod.
He is just a 19 year old who is still learning a lot in the game, so he is bound to make some mistakes and his youth exuberance may lead to some of the decisions that he mustn’t take on the field.
But in terms of the places where he has to emphasize is his defensive work rate, he is tremendous going forward but sometimes guilty of not tracking his man back that leaves the defenders a bit more vulnerable. Also right decision making regarding a pass has to be precise and he will have to learn that to better himself as a proper Arsenal player, but he has time his side and definitely he will thrive under the guidance.
Jeff Reine-Adelaide is a France U19 international and has played 6 matches for his country. He also represented France is lower age divisions and has been a regular goal scorer.
Arsene Wenger has been ecstatic with his fellow compatriot in his interviews. Wenger has previously said: “Jeff Reine-Adelaide is something special you know.” Arsene also added, “He is a great talent and when he came on you could see that – 17 years old let’s not forget that. In fact I don’t remember how I played at 17 but I didn’t play like that.”
The boss has rated him highly and so far the young 19 year old has repaid his manager’s faith. The early signs have been encouraging, and the emergence of a great future Arsenal player may be in the horizon.
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