After seeing Emile Smith-Rowe score a fantastic goal in yesterday’s pre-season encounter with Atletico Madrid, Hector Bellerin says that the quality of the young players at the club will ensure that those in more senior positions take nothing for granted about their places in the team.
The 17 year old midfielder will have impressed new boss Unai Emery with his contribution, and while he might be some way from regular first team action, knowing there are good players coming through the ranks keeps the more established stars on their toes.
That was put to the Spanish full-back yesterday, and he was in complete agreement, saying, “Definitely. Everyone, not just me.
“There’s players in all positions with quality and they have a chance to impress the coach.
“I came from the academy, the same way they did and I’m really happy in this place.”
He also cast his eye over Smith-Rowe who has impressed his teammates since he began training with the main group.
“It was a great goal,” he said. “We’ve been training with him for a long time now and he’s a bright young player.
“He’s got the right attitude and has the right conditions for him to make it. It’s all about him now to get his head in the game and I’m sure he’ll get his chance.”
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