Bukayo Saka has been a revelation since graduating from the Hale End academy ahead of the 2019/2020 season.
Before turning 20-years-old, the winger had made 92 appearances for Arsenal putting him in the top five for matches played as a teenager for the club.
Such excellent performances in this time gave him a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s EURO 2020 squad where the team reached the final.
And Saka’s display in this tournament gave him leverage in being nominated for the 2021 Kopa trophy which has been previously won by the likes of French star Kylian Mbappe.
The Kopa trophy has been organised by France football and is the youth version of the Ballon d’Or award. It was first handed out in 2018 when Mbappe was awarded with the honour.
This year, Saka has been nominated with the likes of Pedri, Mason Greenwood and Jude Bellingham.
This bodes well for the Gunners as the 20-year-old is in with an excellent shout to win the award showing that the north London club are in possession of potentially the best youth talent in world football.
Since Saka’s debut three years ago, he has contributed to 12 goals and 21 assists. This is very impressive considering that the 20-year-old has been deployed as a left-back and a left-wing back on 23 occasions.
He seems to grow season-by-season and evidence of this was highlighted in the recent North London Derby victory over Spurs.
He was exceptional picking up a goal and an assist in a 3-1 result showing that he put the team on his back at such a young age – reminiscent of the 2018 Kopa trophy winner, Kylian Mbappe.
Since winning the trophy, Mbappe has kicked on to be a world-beater and is already in the conversation as the world’s best player just three years after being given the honour.
This will provide great motivation for the Arsenal youngster if he comes out successful following the nomination.
Saka doesn’t have the same scoring knack as the Frenchman but he has the same drive and attacking threat in the final third due to his pace coinciding with the skill.
The ceiling is sky-high for the youngster and being awarded the trophy will finally give ‘little chilli’ the recognition he deserves.
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