The Under-23s Thread

Geofranco

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Salah is the best player in this team. Has the best game that translate to senior football

I don't think Salah is going to make it here longterm. The only ones from this group that have that level potential are Patino, Hutchinson and Monlouis, but you never know. I think Salah is talented, but just don't see any standout qualities from him physically or technically. He fits into the current system Betsy is utilizing and looks very effective, but from what I have seen of him so far he doesn't look more gifted than Matt Smith and Henry Francis.
 

Rasmi

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I don't think Salah is going to make it here longterm. The only ones from this group that have that level potential are Patino, Hutchinson and Monlouis, but you never know. I think Salah is talented, but just don't see any standout qualities from him physically or technically. He fits into the current system Betsy is utilizing and looks very effective, but from what I have seen of him so far he doesn't look more gifted than Matt Smith and Henry Francis.
Patino has big advantage being English as we want to push as many english players. But look at Bennacer. Salah will make it in big club like him. I dont see any of the others yet except the ones we will promote for having the right passport. Salah is same age as patino and has been out for a year and is technically better player than Patino. has far more impact on our play
 

MutableEarth

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Patino has big advantage being English as we want to push as many english players. But look at Bennacer. Salah will make it in big club like him. I dont see any of the others yet except the ones we will promote for having the right passport. Salah is same age as patino and has been out for a year and is technically better player than Patino. has far more impact on our play
I was about to make the same comparison re Salah/Bennacer actually. Solid all-round technicians who aren't weak in any area outside of perhaps their physique - and the work Bennacer has done on his has really enhanced his game compared to how he looked in his one game for us. He is someone who could be a sleeper. We have a lot of players like that.

I don't think he's better technically than Patino though, that's a stretch. Patino is clearly the technical leader in this team. I think Salah has a lot of natural ability but I've seen in games this season that his decision making can sometimes be a bit off compared to Patino (holding onto the ball for a bit longer than he needs to for example). Patino's intelligent use of the ball outweighs pretty much any of his Hale End peers at this level, even Azeez IMO. There's a reason he's rated higher than everyone else and it's not just because he's English. I just wish people would calm down on the 1st team shouts - he ain't ready for that.
 

Geofranco

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I was about to make the same comparison re Salah/Bennacer actually. Solid all-round technicians who aren't weak in any area outside of perhaps their physique - and the work Bennacer has done on his has really enhanced his game compared to how he looked in his one game for us. He is someone who could be a sleeper. We have a lot of players like that.

I don't think he's better technically than Patino though, that's a stretch. Patino is clearly the technical leader in this team. I think Salah has a lot of natural ability but I've seen in games this season that his decision making can sometimes be a bit off compared to Patino (holding onto the ball for a bit longer than he needs to for example). Patino's intelligent use of the ball outweighs pretty much any of his Hale End peers at this level, even Azeez IMO. There's a reason he's rated higher than everyone else and it's not just because he's English. I just wish people would calm down on the 1st team shouts - he ain't ready for that.

I seen Azeez play for the U20 England team and he looked pretty good. He has really grown into his body in the last 6 months. Looks like a man out there lol.
 

Geofranco

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Patino has big advantage being English as we want to push as many english players. But look at Bennacer. Salah will make it in big club like him. I dont see any of the others yet except the ones we will promote for having the right passport. Salah is same age as patino and has been out for a year and is technically better player than Patino. has far more impact on our play

Salah is physically more developed than Patino, stronger and quicker, that's the only thing he has over him. Patino is by far the more intelligent player, his understanding of space and ability to read the game looks Özil lite, that's why I don't fully buy into the Wilshere comparison. Patino is not as aggressive as Wilshere was, a guy who relied more on his natural talent. Patino is actually thinking the game, he has the guile Saka had at that level, Hutchinson as shows that same guile when I watch him. Salah is a strong technician, but nothing special as far as I am concerned. Nelson at U23 looked way more dynamic than majority of these guys and he struggled to impact games for the first team. Salah is perfect in this Betsy system, but I just don't see him becoming a first team player for Arsenal.
 

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