Bukayo Saka: Little Chilli

Discussion in 'Arsenal Talk' started by oh to be a goon, Jun 6, 2020.


What #1 position would you use Saka for?

  1. LB/LWB

  2. LW

  3. LCM

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  1. Taylor Gang Gunners

    Taylor Gang Gunners Shame is a dish best served cold Trusted

    Yeah I'm warming to this idea. His versatility is so impressive but he needs to grow in one position for me. I can't remember who made the argument of him rightfully being used in different positions but I can't agree.

    You look at someone like Foden, a young player at Citeh who's been used in a number of positions. He's now putting his stamp on that CM role and he's growing every week. Saka could do the same for us. He can pass, dribble, has an eye for goal and is strong with an exceptional work rate.

    This little bit of play to create an opening was fantastic. He didn't get 12 assists for us last season by just swinging in crosses. He has vision. Whilst our team look somewhat devoid of creativity Saka can grow into a real creative outlet for us.

    Saka for no.8.
  2. Big Poppa

    Big Poppa Well-Known Member Trusted

    He’ll get quicker. He’s not yet grown into his body. When he does he’ll be a monster. It’s imperative that we have at least 2 of Willian, Saka and Pepe on the pitch, which is one of the reasons why I bang on about moving Auba back central where he’s just as deadly but in doing so allows us to add an extra creative outlet (which is required given the limitations of our midfield).
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  3. Gegen Pressing

    Gegen Pressing Well-Known Member

    Data shows otherwise.
    Some of his statsports GPS data have
    his top speed at
    36.16km/h and his high speed running (
    HSR) values are leading both Tierney and Bellerin ...
    Indicating he spends the
    most time of all players at top speed indicating explosiveness- special
    considered Saka still seems to have plenty of time on the ball to pick great pass and not look clumsy like
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  4. Geofranco

    Geofranco Well-Known Member

    Bukayo is def quick and pretty powerful for his size. He just struggles dealing with the strength of grown ass men. It's pretty clear to see he hasn't fully grown into his body. Males usually keep growing into their early 20s.
  5. Big Poppa

    Big Poppa Well-Known Member Trusted

    Yep. He’s only 65kg and 1.78cm. Having just turned 19, you’d think he’ll be a lot more robust when he gets to 24/25.
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  6. MutableEarth

    MutableEarth Bloody awesome NSFW avatars Trusted

    Ran the show while he was on the pitch. So happy with his performance, showed real poise in possession whether passing or dribbling. Enjoyed it.
  7. American_Gooner

    American_Gooner Not actually American. Unless Di Marzio says so. Moderator

    Just so easy on the eye this kid.
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  8. AberGooner

    AberGooner Well-Known Member

    Arguably a more important signing than Auba getting this guy tied down, absolute quality once again.
  9. El Duderino

    El Duderino 99 Problems But A Mitch Ain't One Trusted

    Yeah, he’s the real deal.

    Really liking him as a midfielder, passes the ball with conviction and knows what he wants to do with the it.

    He has vision, so maybe facing the game will be better for him than playing on the wing? We need to have a good path for him to follow and that includes nailing him down to a position.
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  10. Geofranco

    Geofranco Well-Known Member

    Really wanted him to get an assist or score in this match. Team needs to be more clinical cause whenever Saka is on the pitch, he'll be creating at least 2 legit goal-scoring opportunities. Imagine the damage we can do with Partey, Auoar and Saka in the same midfield.
  11. Geofranco

    Geofranco Well-Known Member

    He is not really the Zaha type of winger that uses explosive pace and flair to beat fullbacks.

    He is a bit more subtle with his approach. Plus he struggles with the physicality sometimes.

    I think his decision-making and intelligence makes him even more dangerous playing as a LCM.

    Saka is not more technically gifted than Willock, Nelson or Smith-Rowe, he is not even physically superior either, just much smarter than those guys.

    He has that ability to read the game and thinks a step or two ahead. That's what really separates him from the other Hale end youngsters.
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  12. Captain Hindsight

    Captain Hindsight New Member

    Love his mentality going forward..the kid has an elite understanding of when to distribute and when to dribble. His execution in this situation is already at a mature level and i expect it to improve. Keen to see how he develops once he gains some confidence in his technique with the ball and ability to consistently contribute for the side with imposing himself in a game on a regular basis.

    I like how Arteta is generally working with him from a positional perspective. Admittedly ive seen his best football as a lwb/lm in 343 but i dont think he has the defensive aggression required to succeed in a back 4. The kid likes to create. This is his strength. For me he should focus on his creative skills and progressing as a player on the ball than without it.
  13. nick gould

    nick gould Well-Known Member

    The boy is very dangerous going forward. He makes the right decision 9/10 times. Kind of the decisions that a spectator with a panoramic view of the pitch thinks he should be making. It's not a coincidence that he's been so successful in his short career so far.
  14. blaze_of_glory

    blaze_of_glory Moderator Moderator

    Missed the game but really glad to hear he played well after struggling a bit last game ( still the guy making the decisive plays though!) We've got a special one on our hands.
  15. The_Playmaker

    The_Playmaker Established Member

    Saka is easily the most technically gifted whale end youngster. Shooting with both feet, dribbling, weight of pass of pass, vision, body shape when receiving. None of them touch him. He has a first team number for a reason
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  16. razörist

    razörist Soft With The Ladies, Hard With The Mes

    Don’t know what you guys are saying about Saka’s weight, body and strength. He’s regularly forcing pl fullbacks off the ball and holding them off himself, he’s deceptively strong, has great balance and uses his body very intelligently.
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  17. Geofranco

    Geofranco Well-Known Member

    Good points. From watching them coming up at youth level, Nelson looked the most gifted. Nelson's touch and close control are def better.

    Crossing, shooting and passing are things I will give Saka the edge in, but that's because Nelson hasn't really shown his shooting ability in the first team.

    I think Nelson is also better at playing quick combination passes and maneuvering out of tight spaces.

    Saka and Azeez are my fav prospects, but I just feel Nelson is the most naturally gifted we have produced since Wilshere (you can count Gnabry, but he wasn't a Hale End product).
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  18. Big Poppa

    Big Poppa Well-Known Member Trusted

    Has balance and uses his body intelligently yes. Strength is interesting. He’s 65kg and 5ft9. Pretty light. It’s much easier to shove players off the ball when defending than attacking because you are always a little less balanced with the ball. He’s fine there.

    Going forward though it’s exciting to think how good he’ll be when he does fully mature physically. Best prospect we’ve had in years imo.
  19. BigPoppaPump

    BigPoppaPump Contrarian

    I rate him over Jack Wilshere tbh, Saka is the Hale End goat.
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  20. DJ_Markstar

    DJ_Markstar Well-Known Member

    Going forward? That's not your job!
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