Scout Report – Jann-Fiete Arp
Tottenham Hotspur and Everton are reportedly interested in a move for young German prodigy Jann-Fiete Arp. The 17-year-old has an ever-increasing number of clubs interested in him and it comes as no surprise considering the youngster’s prolific performances. He has become something of a regular in the Hamburg first-team and has already scored 2 goals in 8 appearances for the German side.
His potential and talent seems to know no bounds and having a player like him in the Premier League does seem like an interesting prospect. Let’s take a closer look at his profile.
Born in 2000 in Bad Segeberg, Germany, Arp is primarily a forward and plays for Hamburger SV at the moment. He began his career with SV Wahlstedt as a youth player and steadily rose through the ranks to attract attention from Hamburg. He made the switch in 2010 and gradually managed to establish himself as one of their most exciting young talents.
Arp made his debut for the club in a match against Werder Bremen and has made a couple of appearances ever since, even scoring 2 goals. It was only towards the end of October this year that he scored his first goal and his performances have been nothing short of encouraging ever since. As far as his international career is concerned, he has appeared a few times for Germany’s U16 and U17 sides.
Strong at dribbling, Arp is quite a threat up front. He has a penchant for seeking out goal-scoring opportunities and seems like he is on the right path to develop his career. He is an indirect set-piece threat and seems to prefer making shorter, more direct passes as opposed to longer ones. The youngster is also quite strong at tackling but there are some areas in which he needs to improve.
For example, he is poor at aerial duels and needs to work on his finishing skills. For a young player like him, this is the age to hone his skills and get the basics right. So it is important that he focuses equally on refining his talent.
Interest from the Premier League will sound enticing for the youngster and both Everton and Tottenham could offer him a world of opportunities. Mauricio Pochettino and Sam Allardyce are both quite accommodating of younger players, which means that he could get chances to play in the first-team now and then. However, a move to a league as demanding as the Premier League will prove to be a major challenge.
He has a long way to go and his priority should be to sharpen his skills, so he can get closer to achieving his best. The fact that he is gradually settling in the Hamburg team is a good sign and perhaps he should continue there for a while before embarking on a move like this.