Arsenal legend Lee Dixon spoke on the Handbrake Off Podcast about young Eddie Nketiah after he scored in back to back games for the Gunners.
The 21-year-old is currently playing second fiddle to Alexandre Lacazette, but if he continues his form, it will not be long before he takes over the starting spot from the experienced Frenchman.
Nketiah is regarded by many as the future of Arsenal’s attack. The young Englishman has all the good traits that you would look for in a striker, and Dixon feels that there is a bit of Ian Wright in him, which is a humongous compliment.
He said: “With Eddie, if you listen to Ian Wright talk about him, I think Ian sees an awful lot of himself in Eddie and sees those little opportunities. The positions he’s in [like against Leicester in the League Cup].”
“That’s why you will hear Wrighty talk about him in such favourable terms – you’ll learn other parts of your game [such as hold up play]. [But] that seems a natural thing for him to be in the right place. You cannot teach that. You can suggest making this run or that run. But the instinctiveness of goalscorers that I put him in the bracket of, they almost work it out for themselves.”
Nketiah is similar to Wright in some ways
You can actually see a bit of Wrighty whenever Nketiah plays. The way he moves, his runs, and his knack of getting in the right place at the right time are very similar to what the Arsenal legend did during his time at the club when he scored 185 times in all competitions.
Nketiah still has a long way to go before his name can be mentioned in the same breath as someone like Wright. However, he is certainly on the right path. The Englishman has played just 106 minutes in all competitions since the Premier League started this season, but he has already scored twice.
With the Europa League set to begin in the coming weeks, he will get many more opportunities to prove himself. Good performances there will put pressure on Lacazette to perform in the league, which can only be a good thing for Arsenal and Mikel Arteta.