Atletico Madrid star Saul Niguez has shared his thoughts on his former teammate Thomas Partey’s struggles at Arsenal.
The Ghanaian completed his move from the Spanish capital to the Emirates on transfer deadline day last summer. He was expected to be our game-changer, but Partey has had a tough time with injuries.
He has had two long lay-offs this season, but thankfully he has been fully fit for a while now. However, Partey – like most of his teammates – has had his problems with consistency in the Premier League.
Saul has had his say about the situation. The Atleti star has claimed that Partey has the quality to be ‘one of the best in the world’, but admitted that consistency is the one thing he has always lacked – ever since they met each other when the Ghanaian was 16 or 17 years old.
The Spaniard told LiveScore: “I think he has been very unlucky because of injuries — especially now that in the UK they are more confined like we were in Spain some months ago. But I think having a coach like Mikel Arteta at Arsenal eased things a lot for him when first arriving.”
“As a player he’s incredible. If he manages to keep his consistency, he can be one of the best in the world. I have known him since we were 16 or 17 and I’ve always felt he was going to be a very important player, but what he has lacked is the consistency, because he’s capable of doing everything.
“He scores from out of the box, he makes ground, steals, distributes, runs the game himself. But if he ever reads this, I would like to mention again that he should improve his consistency.”
The Insider’s View:
Partey has had his problems with consistency this season, but, to be fair to him, his teammates and his injuries haven’t helped him.
Settling into a league as difficult as the Premier League is never easy, even if you’re one of the most accomplished midfielders in the world. Partey has had to learn that the hard way, but he hasn’t had a bad season at all.
The Ghanaian has mostly been solid for us. He has come up with a few incredible performances as well, and if he can end the season in a strong way, his problems with consistency earlier in the season will be forgotten.