Much of the talk in pre-season so far has focused on Emile Smith Rowe, with the youngster seizing his opportunity in the limelight for the first-team.
Smith Rowe certainly deserves much praise for his performances, but it shouldn’t go unnoticed that another prospect who already has some first-team experience has also done rather well.
Eddie Nketiah scored against Boreham Wood and also managed to find the net against Paris Saint-Germain, with his overall display as a substitute in the latter game of a particularly high standard.
Although Nketiah prefers to play up front, he is also capable of thriving out on the left wing, where he often played as a schoolboy after joining Arsenal from Chelsea’s academy.
Against PSG Nketiah made the most of his considerable speed as he frequently tormented the opposing defenders and got into dangerous attacking areas with regularity.
Possessing excellent technique and, as has been well documented, a clinical edge in front of goal, Nketiah is a very exciting prospect and he will be seeking to build upon the first-team experience that he gained last season.
The brace against Norwich City in the Carabao Cup made the wider football world stand up and take notice of Nketiah, but much hard work is still required if he is to fully make the breakthrough.
It will be intriguing to see how Nketiah is used this season and whether he gets more starts in the cup competitions as opposed to substitute appearances. Stronger physically than he was last campaign, the forward is constantly seeking to improve and deserves the chance to develop further.
Having forced his way ahead of players such as Chuba Akpom and Stephy Mavididi, who are both older than him, Nketiah has already made some significant strides in his quest to succeed. Now the next step is for him to become increasingly involved with the senior squad and it is hoped that the new campaign will be another successful one for the Lewisham-born youngster.