Scout Report – Eddie Nketiah
Eddie Nketiah came off the bench for Arsenal to score in their Carabao Cup clash against Norwich City, which sealed victory for an otherwise lacklustre Gunners side. In fact, Nketiah earned instant cult status at Arsenal after the teenager stole a show that had belonged to their ambitious visitors for the most part.
Despite the final whistle getting closer, there was another electric run from the youngster which offered the opportunity to complete a stunning hat-trick but Angus Gunn was equal to the task in the Norwich goal.
Let’s take a closer look at Eddie’s profile.
Nketiah started off with Chelsea, as he spent his time progressing through the ranks as a scholar. However, he was released in 2015, following which the Gunners invited the young striker for a trial. Within a week, Arsenal signed him up and the player wasted no time in establishing himself in the Under-18 side. He was soon finding the net on a regular basis. Nketiah ended the 2015/16 season as the top scorer for the U-18s, having scored 24 goals in 28 appearances.
His impressive form saw him get promoted to the U23s set up for the 2016/17 campaign. He scored more than 20 goals throughout the season at both levels – earning himself a spot in Arsenal’s pre-season tour of Australia and China, where he featured against the likes of Sydney FC, Chelsea and Bayern Munich.
The little flashes Nketiah produced during his limited time showed how dynamic and goal-hungry the youngster is. Nketiah’s header was truly top-class, especially when one considers the way he scored it. He is not very tall, and yet he managed to head it in as the minutes were ticking by. He is determined and seems to love scoring goals, which was quite evident, as he knew exactly what to do to make things work.
The player looks extremely promising but he is still very young and has a long way to go in order to develop and progress further. Nketiah has been training with the first-team on a fairly regular basis this season, and now he’s got two senior goals to his credit just after coming on against Norwich.
Wenger is likely to continue to allow him to mix with the senior players at the club. The future does seem bright for Nketiah as far as both club and country are concerned. The striker has proven that he can score goals in whatever environment he plays in. If he continues this way, Wenger should consider him as an option to bring on in other games in the future as well.