From The Youths To The First Team – Great Expectations
New Arsenal signing Cohen Brammal is set to begin his career with the club at the academy and will feature in the Under-23s for the remainder of the season.
Wenger has promised that he will be watching the 20-year-old’s progress carefully, but patience is the order of the day. The left back is not expected to make any first team appearances this season but won’t be sent on loan either.
Unlike other youngsters, Wenger is keeping Brammal’s development in-house for the moment. There’s much to be said for this and with Kieran Gibbs likely to be sold this summer, the opportunities will be there for the former Hednesford Town player.
Wenger believes he has the qualities to make to the top of the game.
“First [he has] to show at youth level that he can quickly make the first team.
“Overall I believe he has fantastic physical qualities. He has a good level of motivation because he has gone down and come up again.
“[He has] to prepare, to challenge the first-team players as quickly as he can. That could be in a very short period of time.
“He has the ingredients: the timing of his runs is very good, he has decent technique and exceptional pace. These are very important ingredients today.
“He was an athlete before, and he came late to the game, and that’s why I believe in him. Can he manage the tactical aspect and the technical aspect? Physically, he will be top level.”
It’s hard to get over-excited about a youngster signed from non-league football, but there’s certainly something romantic about his story which breathes some fresh air into a modern game devoid of everything but money.
Good luck to him and hopefully, he’ll be breaking into the first team next season.