Former Premier League midfielder Joe Cole has heaped praise on Arsenal youngster Gabriel Martinelli.
The young Brazilian is one of the best players of his age in the world. The quality and talent he possesses is absolutely incredible, and it’s fantastic that he’s getting a good run in the side now.
Cole was really impressed with Martinelli’s display against West Ham United earlier this week. He labelled the youngster as ‘outstanding’ and compared him to two incredible former Premier League stars.
Joe Cole compares Gabriel Martinelli to Sergio Aguero and Alexis Sanchez
The former Chelsea man said on BT Sport, as quoted by Football London: “I left the stadium and I was driving away. I was thinking ‘this is the first time in 10 years there’s something to work from with Arsenal. There’s a base.
“This lad is outstanding, Martinelli. I’ve always been a big fan of his.
“He reminds me of a young Aguero, who is busy, just like Alexis Sanchez.”
The Insider’s View:
Martinelli definitely has that South American flair that both Aguero and Sanchez possessed in their prime.
The Brazilian is very similar to Sanchez with respect to his work rate and the way he gives absolutely everything every time he’s on the pitch. Martinelli’s calmness in front of goal is almost identical to Aguero’s when the Argentine was still at Atletico Madrid all those years ago.
Still only 21, the former Ituano man has a long way to go before he reaches the level of Sanchez and Aguero. However, the potential is there for everyone to see and if he continues to get regular opportunities, there’s no reason why he won’t become a superstar in the Premier League like those two South Americans once were.