For those who watched the Emirates cup at the weekend you may have seen Arsenal’s new star in the making. However, the question is who is Jeff Reine- Adelaide?
At the end of May Arsenal announced the signings of two French youngsters with the other being Yassin Fortune. At that moment in time no Arsenal fan took much notice but after the weekend fans may be interested in finding out more information about Jeff Reine-Adelaide.
These two players came through the famous Lens youth Academy in France which has produced stars such as Kondogbia and Varane which has led to comparisons to the Southampton Academy. However it is Reine- Adelaide which is gathering the plaudits after a sparkling display against Wolfsburg.
Arsenal had to beat off competition to secure the signatures of both players. Manchester United were in for Fortune but didn’t want to pay the asking price and Real Madrid and Newcastle were tracking Reine-Adelaide. However, it was the Frenchman Arsene Wenger who got both players to sign on the dotted line.
Before Arsenal flew to Asia for the Asia cup Wenger announced that Reine-Adelaide would be travelling with the squad before Arsenal made the decision not to take him. However, at the time Wenger had the following to say
“He’s an offensive player but he can develop into an all-round midfielder as well. At the moment he plays on the right or left but I think he can develop as a central midfielder as well.”
Arsenal fans didn’t get to see their new wonderkid in Asia but got their first glimpse off him when he came on for Oxlade – Chamberlain. It was clear after 19 minutes that he may develop into a star under the guidance of Wenger.
The manager was then quizzed on the young Frenchman after the match and was complimentary about his talent.
“Reine-Adelaide is something special you know,” he told Arsenal Player. “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.”
This was special praise by Wenger who is reluctant to use the word special but as the BT Sport commentators remarked you can see what Wneger means as he moves across the pitch elegantly and has an awareness of what is around him.
Wenger then handed Reine-Adelaide his first start and he did not disappoint. His talent was displayed with in two minutes when he ran with the ball at his feet before coming central and laying it off. As the match moved on he got better and better which led to him creating the goal for Walcott and then playing a through ball with outside of his right boot.
It was clear that Arsenal may have a special talent and has led to questions about a potential loan but Wenger was quick to say that he would be staying so that he could work with the first team.
Overall, it was an impressive debut and all Arsenal fans will look forward to Jeff Reine-Adelaide’s development and the club. One thing is for sure is that he has the talent he now needs to develop and maybe we will see him in the capital one cup.