The UK U21 boss supports Nketiah to imitate Shearer and Kane
Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah could reach the level of Alan Shearer and Harry Kane, says Aidy Boothroyd, England U21 boss.
The 21-year-old has scored 13 goals for the Under-21s, the same number as the top scorers of all time, Shearer and Francis Jeffers.
And Nketiah’s international manager supported him in “doing big things”.
“There are always comparisons with top players across generations,” said Boothroyd, as quoted by the evening standard.
“If you look at Alan and his career and Harry Kane and his career – as for Eddie, when he gets to the point where he’s at goal like these two players and you just know that it is him when you score make the step from young to older player.
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“It’s not quite there yet, but it’s not far away. The fact that he is the player in the company that I mentioned shows how much I think of him and how much we think of him in the system.
“He is meant for some great things. He has an aura of responsibility and leadership about himself. He’s a natural. He’s also very professional.
“If you were to put someone up there like” young English players should look like “it would be him.”
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Signing Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid on the deadline gives Arsenal plenty of tactical opportunities.
The 27-year-old is a good addition and should give Mikel Arteta more room to experiment in midfield.
“I think he allows us to play different formations and he can fit into those formations in different positions, which is a really good thing in a squad where I think we were a bit small in midfield,” said Arteta .
Football.london analyzed where Partey could fit into Arsenal’s Premier League return this weekend.
De Bruyne is worried about injury ahead of the Arsenal game
Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne could be a doubt for Sunday’s game against Arsenal after an injury in international service with Belgium.
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According to the Belgian Twitter account, he is not “fit enough” to play in his country’s national league meeting with Iceland tomorrow evening.
The tweet read: “UPDATE: @DeBruyneKev returned to his club. He couldn’t be fit enough to play against Iceland. ”
De Bruyne started in Belgium’s 2-1 defeat by England at Wembley, but was replaced by coach Roberto Martinez in the second half.
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