Arsenal teenager Miguel Azeez completed his loan move to Portsmouth yesterday and the teenager will work with Danny Cowley – former boss of Emile Smith Rowe.
The Arsenal number 10 joined Huddersfield Town on loan early last year. He made a phenomenal name for himself there and that proved to be integral in his development, which eventually saw him breakthrough into the Gunners’ first team.
Smith Rowe is arguably Arsenal’s best player now. Everything we try to do in attack revolves around him, and Cowley deserves a ton of credit for helping him develop into the player he is today.
Miguel Azeez could become Arsenal’s new Smith Rowe
There’s no doubt in anybody’s mind about Azeez’s quality. Every Arsenal fan is certain that he will become a massive player for us in the future and under Cowley’s tutelage, his progression could be accelerated drastically.
Smith Rowe was in a fairly similar position to Azeez when he went out on loan to Huddersfield. We all knew how talented he was, but there were concerns about his physicality and ability to deal with adversity.
The Croydon KDB convinced Mikel Arteta during his loan spell that he was ready. The Arsenal boss kept him in the squad last season, and giving him a chance on Boxing Day proved to be a season-defining decision.
Azeez could easily follow his young compatriot’s footsteps. An impressive season at Fratton Park could help Portsmouth get back into the Championship and that could also aid the teenager’s hopes of getting a chance at Arsenal.
It is unlikely that Azeez will be given an opportunity immediately after coming back from loan this time next year. However, football is a funny old game and if Arteta is still at the helm, he could well put his faith on the teenager’s shoulders.
With Granit Xhaka ageing, Thomas Partey’s injury woes troubling him and Mohamed Elneny’s deal expiring next year, there is a spot up for grabs. Every Arsenal fan would love to see Azeez nail down that position alongside someone like Albert Sambi Lokonga next term.