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Portsmouth boss addresses Miguel Azeez and Smith Rowe comparisons

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Portsmouth manager Danny Cowley has sung praises of Arsenal teenager Miguel Azeez following his loan move to Fratton Park.

The teenager is undoubtedly one of the most talented players in the country. There’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that he’ll become a top-quality player for Arsenal in the near future, and this loan move could well accelerate that process.

Cowley, when he was at the helm at Huddersfield Town, helped Emile Smith Rowe develop into the player he is today. He refused to compare the Gunners number 10 with Azeez, but thanked Arsenal for trusting him with ‘one of their best young players’.

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Cowley: Miguel Azeez has fantastic technical ability

The Pompey boss told The News: “Azeez is one of those players who dribbles with his head up and then has the ability to play the ball through. He isn’t afraid to shoot from distance, but we need to remember he’s still only 18-years-old, not 19 until next month – but if they’re good enough they’re old enough. Miguel is certainly good enough.”

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Asked about comparisons with Smith Rowe, he said: “First of all, they’re obviously different players, but both with huge talent. We’re really thankful for Arsenal for trusting us in looking after one of their best young players.

“Miguel is a player with huge athleticism but he also has fantastic technical ability. His skills when receiving passes are top quality, he also has the ability to speed the play up and penetrate passes with the ball.”

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The Insider’s View:

Comparisons between Azeez and Smith Rowe emerged right after Cowley showed interest in the former. However, the two Arsenal boys are very different players – even though they share a few similar traits.

Like Smith Rowe, Azeez is fantastic on the ball. His vision and dribbling skills are outstanding and he is a goal threat as well. But, unlike his compatriot, he’s more suited to a deeper midfield role.

Azeez has the potential to start in the middle of the park and dominate games. He has a tremendous range of passing, he gets forward really well and as we’ve already seen, he has an incredible shot on him as well.

He could become a real star at Portsmouth and it won’t be a surprise to anyone if he comes back and gives Mikel Arteta a headache or two ahead of the start of next season’s Premier League.

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