Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has today revealed which of the club’s young talents he feels is closest to making the jump up to the Gunners first-team on a regular basis.
Speaking exclusively to Arsenal Player, the French international revealed the following in relation to fellow countryman, classy midfielder Jeff Reine-Adelaide:
‘I hope it’s Jeff Reine-Adelaide. He’s a young boy but I think he has a lot of quality.’
‘He plays some games every season and I think he can improve a lot. He can learn a lot with us. He has all the quality and after that it’s in his head to work more and to want to achieve something with this club.’
‘I hope he will start next season, play a lot and improve with us.’
Who is Reine-Adelaide?
A lanky, technically-gifted attacking midfielder who fans of the Gunners could be forgiven for likening to a former star of the club, in the form of Abou Diaby, Reine-Adelaide has already shown flashes of his potential brilliance during short stints with the first-team in North London.
A French U19 international, the teen shows the poise and ability on the ball of a player far beyond his years, with many having tipped the Lens youth product for greatness during his time in the French side’s youth academy.
As of yet, Reine-Adelaide has only been given a chance to impress during domestic cup competitions under Arsene Wenger.
Hence, the youngster could very well be sent out on loan for next season to gain meaningful Premier League experience, meaning Laurent Koscielny may have to wait a little longer to see his fellow countryman make a real impact as part of the Arsenal first-team.