Speaking on Sky Sports during their live coverage of Arsenal’s win over Chelsea last night, Jamie Redknapp has delivered his honest verdict on Thomas Partey.
The Ghanaian was viewed as a game-changer when Arsenal signed him last summer. Many people hoped to see Patrick Vieira-like performances from Partey, but injuries and other factors have made this a torrid debut campaign for him.
The former Atletico Madrid man has been fully fit for a while now, but he has struggled to find the right consistency. He is absolutely incredible in some parts of the game, but he then quickly gives away possession in a very dangerous areas.
Redknapp has labelled that inconsistency as the ‘Arsenal mode’ but has boldly predicted that ‘we’ll see the real Thomas Partey’ next season.
Jamie Redknapp: I would’ve hated to play against Thomas Partey
He said: “It’s been tough for him, he’s had injuries, he’s been in his first season in the Premier League and we have to give people time for the adjustment. Some just come to the league and they just thrive. Others find it really difficult. I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt.
“There have been games where I watched him and thought I would’ve hated to play against him. He’s got all the attributes. But there are other times when he gets into what I would call ‘Arsenal mode’, where everything’s easy.
“I don’t want to see him like that, I want to see him high energy in that midfield running games. Next season that is what he needs to do. He needs to come into next season absolutely flying because his performances have been too up and down for my liking.
“You have to give players the benefit of the doubt, but next year we will see the real Thomas Partey.”
The Insider’s View:
Partey’s inconsistency has mainly been down to injuries this season. He arrived on transfer deadline day and had no pre-season with Arsenal. He suffered two serious injuries as well, and that clearly hasn’t helped.
Arsenal’s terrible form and the lack of a proper number six next to him has also had a negative impact. You cannot expect a box-to-box midfielder to thrive when he doesn’t have a solid partner. That has to change next season.
The Gunners are expected to be very active in this summer’s transfer window. Multiple areas of the pitch need addressing, but a new defensive midfielder has to be the priority for Mikel Arteta.
If Edu can bring in someone like Yves Bissouma to partner Partey, the Ghanaian will surely thrive, and Redknapp’s prediction for next season will come true. Hopefully, that can be done this summer.