If you didn’t know who Stephy Mavididi was, you may have seen the footage of his recent game out on loan.
Mavididi is currently with Charlton Athletic in the Championship. He had made two appearances before he played at the weekend, coming on as a substitute against Rochdale. It’s this recent game that has got people talking. The footage doing the rounds is the 18-year-old picking the ball up just outside his own penalty box and then flying up the pitch, dribbling and beating 5 players before advancing into the Rochdale penalty area. Unfortunately, his shot was hit straight at the keeper, denying him a chance of the goal of the season. But the dribbling and skill before that was excellent.
What impressed me was not only his technique with the ball at his feet but the pace he possessed with the ball at his feet.
The striker certainly has an eye for goal, finishing top scorer last season for the under 21’s. Mavididi made 30 appearances scoring 17 times for the young Gunners. He also scored 3 times in the FA Youth Cup as Arsenal made their way to the semi-finals before being knocked out.
Young Stephy also played for England under 17’s at the World Cup, although he failed to score.
He originally broke into the under 18 side whilst still technically in the under 15 group.
He is a young, quick, powerful striker who works best as a lone striker due to his hard work and ability to be strong in possession. He can score goals too, as proven last season, and is able to score all types of goals. Whether that is a solo goal or a tap in, Mavididi has it all in his locker. He has also played in the number 10 role and was able to link up play well and get himself in good goal scoring positions.
Mavididi is certainly one for the future but if he continues performing for Charlton in the Championship then next season may see him appearing on the bench and pushing for a first team appearance. You wouldn’t bet against him going out on loan next season either and with his pace and skill, there would be many suitors.
For Arsenal fans however, he is definitely a player to feel excited about. Home grown, very good technically, with great pace and a strong powerful striker. The future certainly looks bright for Mavididi.