After Steve Bruce gave a ruddy-faced ‘wow‘ to Chuba Akpom’s start during his loan spell at Hull, another grizzled centre-half of that era has done likewise with another one of the club’s promising youngsters.
This time it’s Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy who has been blown away by the talent and performances of Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
The youngster, great-grandson of @ArsenalGent, has impressed since moving to Portman Road this summer and was involved in Town’s winner against Burnley last night.
“Wow!”, said the usually stoic Yorkshire man to BBC Radio Suffolk, “The talent of him! I think he’s going to play for Arsenal, there’s no doubt in my mind.
“We are just so lucky to have him.”
And he revealed that he’d spotted the young attacking midfielder playing for Arsenal’s U21s last season.
“Nobody knew anything about him,” he said. “I watched him play against Reading for Arsenal’s under-21s last season and I thought he was great.
“I enquired about him in January, but they needed him for their Champions League squad.”
Well, he’s got his man now, and he’s all: