‘Emile Smith-Rowe’ another sensation coming up the Arsenal ranks. He has made concrete impact in youth level for the club as well as country.
Arsenal are known to bring out exciting prospects straight outta Hale End academy, with Reiss Nelson and Maitland-Niles the latest upcoming heroes.
Even the success of Hector Bellerin and Alex Iwobi in the last couple of seasons has been tremendous. It just shows the quality of ‘future stars’ that come put of Arsenal’s academy.
Name: Emile Smith-Rowe
Birth date: July 28, 2000
Position: Winger (can play on both wings) and Striker
Smith-Rowe joined Arsenal at the age of 10. He started playing Sunday League football when he was only five, he had trial at Chelsea when he was nine. Emile Smith-Rowe signed his professional contract with Arsenal after shrugging off approaches from Tottenham Hotspur and Barcelona.
At the age of 15, he made his U16’s debut and made his debut for Arsenal U23’s at the age of sixteen.
Emile Smith-Rowe was named in England U17’s squad travelling to India for World Cup.
Where does Smith-Rowe play?
Emile Smith-Rowe is versatile player in the final third of the pitch. He usually plays as left-winger but can even feature centrally as well as on right wing.
He has potential to execute himself in many other positions as well. He is someone who can be an option as attacking midfielder.
What makes him dangerous?
Smith-Rowe is second most highly rated upcoming player from Hale-End academy just behind fellow winger Reiss Nelson. He plays without fear and possesses ability to take on opponents easily.
His clean passing and technical ability makes him superior to fit in the Arsenal style of play.
Barcelona sent scouts as his neat passing and calmness on the ball is something Barcelona’s famous La Masia academy were eager to get him.
Despite his young age, he has already signed boot deal with Nike.
Smith-Rowe’s style of play?
Smith-Rowe style of play is quick, skillful and gets the ball in goal scoring position which creates numerous goal registering opportunities for his team-mates. He is an excellent dribbler and crosser followed up by his creative attributes, although not all of his deliveries are put to good use by his team-mates. He is a grinder and he even doesn’t appear rattled when the game gets physical.
He is someone who works hard on the pitch, leading on attacks and seen defending when needed.
Smith-Rowe says that his playing style is similar to that of mixture of Mesut Ozil and former Arsenal starlet Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain.
What to expect from him in the future?
Arsene Wenger likes to get in players from his academy into the first team. If he thinks someone is capable enough to perform at highest level then they are transferred into first-team setup.
We can expect Smith-Rowe to get some game time at UEFA Youth League and Premier League 2 this season. But, certainly he is someone Arsenal supporters can expect to see in the first team setup soon.