Former England striker Michael Owen has had his say about Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah after his performance against Albania’s under-21’s last night.
The youngster recently broke Alan Shearer’s record for the most goals in England’s youth setup. He continued his incredible form with a brace on Tuesday, and one aspect of his game impressed Owen.
Nketiah was the star of the show with his brace, but he could easily have completed his hat-trick. The Arsenal man won a penalty in the second half, but his attempt from the spot was saved.
Owen has heaped praised on the young Englishman for not losing his confidence after his missed penalty. The former Liverpool and Manchester United star thinks his attitude is perfect, and has predicted that he will go on to be a goal machine all his career.
Owen: Nketiah will become a goal machine
He told BT Sport (17/11; 21:30): “He’s very good. He’s got a real smell for it, hasn’t he? He knows where the ball’s going to drop. I like his movement. I like his hunger to score goals.”
“Some players are confidence players. If you miss a penalty and you’re a confidence player, you go missing all game. If you’ve just got pure self-belief, it just shrugs off you and you’re just onto the next one.”
“With that type of attitude, with the way he plays, he’s just going to be a goal machine all his career. The key for him is obviously trying to get consistently into that Arsenal team, and then all his horizons are open.”
Nketiah has shown that he is a brilliant finisher. He finds himself in the right place at the right time, and his awareness of space and the players around him is exceptional for his age.
The 21-year-old still needs some time before he can become Arsenal’s first-choice striker. However, the signs are positive and it won’t be a surprise to see him go on to become a ‘goal machine’ for us in the coming years.